PQMD Members Monitoring and Responding to Strong Earthquake in Indonesia

Cracked concrete and damaged houses are pictured in Pemenang in northern Lombok on August 6, 2018, a day after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the area. – (Photo by ADEK BERRY / AFP/Getty Images/Cnn.com)

The evening of Sunday, August 10, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island Lombok. With an original death toll of 98 and more than 200 injuries reported, the official toll has now risen to over 400. Several aftershocks were felt in the region and neighboring islands. A tsunami warning was issued after the initial quake, sending hundreds rushing to higher ground.

Rescue workers are now scrambling to evacuate thousands from the island and surrounding smaller islands and reach those affected. Roads and bridges were destroyed during the quake, hampering rescue and recovery efforts.

PQMD members Direct Relief, World Vision, Heart to Heart International, Project HOPE and Americares have monitored the situation from the evening of the quake, and continue their response efforts. Many other PQMD members also continue to monitor the situation.

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