Credit: the National Disaster Mitigation Agency's official Twitter account.

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories)–A 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Lombok on Sunday Night (5/8) killed 91 people and injured 209 people, Indonesian disaster agency reported on Monday (6/8).

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency’s spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a press release that the victims may increase as the authority is still doing the identification. Most of the victims died due to collapsed structures, some died after falling and having a stroke while running to safer places.

He added the dead victim’s families would receive Rp15 million compensation from the Ministry of Social Affairs and the injured victims will get Rp2.5 million compensation.

The earthquake also displaced around 20,000 people, an increase from 10,000 people who were still displaced at various areas after 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the island on July 29, 2018. It also damaged thousands of houses.

The current urgent needs for the refugees are food especially ready-to-eat food, mineral water, clean water, tents, tarpaulin, mats, blankets, clothes, nutritional foods, trauma healing services, public kitchens, medicines, and health services.

Tourists Evacuation

Meanwhile, West Nusa Tenggara Tourism Office Head Lalu M. Faozal said the authority continue to evacuate tourists through three ports in North Lombok. There are at least 1,000 tourists who still trapped in the most popular tourist destination Gili Trawangan.

The evacuated tourists will be directed to the tourism office in Mataram and will be provided with free accommodation. The Crisis Center for tourists is located at the West Nusa Tenggara Tourism Office in Jalan Langko, Mataram.

In addition, the authority also prepares four additional flight from Garuda Indonesia and Batik Air to Jakarta and Bali.

The earthquake may hit the tourism sector especially in North Lombok which affected by the most severe earthquake.

Chairman of Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI) West Nusa Tenggara Lalu Abdul Hadi Faishal said the earthquake may reduce tourists visit and hotel occupancy in Lombok. Hotel occupancy in Lombok recorded the highest level in Indonesia before the earthquake hit. However, he does not have a calculation of the hotel occupancy decline.

IMF-World Bank Meeting

Furthermore, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said the Lombok earthquake will not affect International Monetary Fund (IMF) – World Bank (WB) meeting that will be held on October 12-14, 2018 in Bali. Bali is very close to Lombok and affected by the earthquake, of which damage in Ngurah Rai Airport.

Moreover, the tsunami risk that was informed by the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency was also revoked. According to Pandjaitan, no countries cancel its participation in IMF-World Bank meeting due to the earthquake.

Indonesian government spent Rp566 billion (US$39.01 million) on IMF-World Bank meeting preparation and targets higher economic return from the meeting. In addition, the government plans to offer various infrastructure projects financing in the meeting such as LRT projects in Bandung and Palembang, waste management, and solar panels.

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