Death toll from Sunday’s Indonesian quake rises to 387

By Mahmut Atanur

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AA) – The death toll from Sunday’s earthquake that rocked eastern Indonesia has reached 387 on Saturday, local authorities said.

In a news conference, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster management agency, said nearly 14,000 people were also injured in the earthquake, while more than 387,000 people were evacuated to safe areas.

Nugroho said: “387 dead, 13.688 injured, and 387.067 displaced people. 67,875 houses, 468 schools, 6 bridges, 3 hospitals, 10 children's clinics, 15 mosques, 50 musholas, and 20 office buildings are damaged.”

While the search and rescue operations are ongoing, the officials call for donations to provide food and drinking water to the victims.

On Sunday, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake jolted island of Lombok. The earthquake was centered northeast of the city of Mataram on Lombok island — a popular tourist destination — 15 kilometers under the surface, said the Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics.