At least 91 people have been killed and hundreds more injured in a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that hit the island of Lombok, Indonesia on 5 August.
Within minutes of the quake,Team Rubicon UK’s operations hub began monitoring the incident before making the decision to send a reconnaissance team to Lombok to assess the situation and offer assistance to local authorities and residents.
This disaster –also felt in neighbouring provinces Bali and Surabaya– followed a 6.4 magnitude quake in same area on 29 July. Some 10,000 people have been evacuated from the island and power and telecommunications networks are down in the worst-hit areas.
Richard Sharp, TRUK CEO, said:
“With the scale of the disaster unfolding by the hour, and the numbers of effected and displaced now well over 20,000, we have deployed a reconnaissance team to Lombok to assess whether a larger response will be required.
Our priority is to give the Indonesian authorities and organisations the space they need to coordinate this deadly disaster, but by having a small group in country, Team Rubicon UK will be well positioned to call forward teams and equipment to assist where needed.”