Indonesia: Earthquake in Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB) - Information bulletin

This bulletin is issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Indonesian Red Cross – Palang Merah Indonesia (PMI), with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), are continuing to monitor and respond to the situation with local and national resources. If required, additional financial resources will be sought via the relevant IFRC international disaster response mechanism.

The situation

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has struck off Lombok, province of West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, at 05:47h local time, on Sunday 29 July 2018, followed by 66 aftershocks with the highest magnitude of 5.7 (data released by BMKG at 10.20h local time). The earthquake affected the three districts of North Lombok, East Lombok and West Lombok, with ten casualties reported to date and dozens others injured, damaging many buildings and homes (assessment is underway and fixed figures to be shared soon). According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the quake was centred 50 kilometres northeast of the city Mataram on the northern part of Lombok island, with a depth of 10 km. Indonesia’s agency for meteorology climatology and geophysics (BMKG) indicated that there was no risk of a tsunami. The quake also impacted Mount Rinjani national park, a popular trekking destination. Access to the climbing routes are temporarily closed due to reports of a landslide around the mountain.

The national disaster management agency’s (BNPB) and the regional disaster management agency (BPBD) are coordinating the response and collating information on the earthquake’s impact. Initial reports indicate that dozens of buildings have collapsed, including houses and public facilities. There has also been damage to main roads, resulting in constraints to accessing some of the affected areas, as well as disruption on communication lines in some affected areas.

Search, rescue and retrieval efforts are underway, with hundreds of villagers and multi-agency teams, including personnel from Palang Merah Indonesia (PMI), National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS), BNPB, BPBD, Indonesian National Police (POLRI), Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) and local government agencies involved. Assessments as well as delivery of immediate assistance which includes first aid and basic medical services are also being undertaken alongside search, rescue and retrieval efforts.

In the meantime, PMI and the IFRC Country Cluster Support Team (CCST) in Jakarta are coordinating with BNPB and the Ministry of Social Affair (MOSA) to obtain more information on the humanitarian impact caused by the earthquake. Based on initial information from secondary sources as well as from PMI teams on the ground, immediate needs include evacuation and management of injuries, medical and health services including referral services, food and non-food items and emergency shelter.