CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 13 October 2018

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Third powerful quake hits Lombok

Jakarta (UCAN): At least 10 people were killed by a 6.9-magnitude earthquake that struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok on August 19, less than a month after two earlier quakes killed hundreds (Sunday Examiner, August 12).
 
The earthquake, which also hit nearby Sumbawa island, left a further 24 people injured and damaged more than 150 homes and buildings, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.
 
Search and rescue teams are continuing evacuation procedures, said the agency, adding that 101 aftershocks followed.
 
Aryo Saptoaji, an emergency response member with Caritas Indonesia—known as Karina—said on August 20 that it will continue to distribute aid to those in need.
 
“We have logistics that are working and supplies of tarpaulins, blankets, clothes and rice continue to come,” Saptoaji said,.
 
“We are focusing on early recovery. We have two plans—meeting daily needs of quake victims and finding a strategy to uplift their dignity.” 
 
Karina has so far distributed aid to 784 families in 40 areas in Mataram town and in North Lombok and West Lombok districts.
 
Titik Sulistyowati, a 44-year-old mother of one who lives in Mataram the capital of West Nusa Tenggara, said that the quake was so strong they “didn’t know what to do but to pray and to hold one another.”
 
She and her family have lived in a tent at her parents’ house since a magnitude seven quake struck on August 5 killing at least 460 people, displacing almost 418,000 and leaving about 7,770 people injured. The first quake occurred on July 29, killing about 20 people.

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