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Lutheran World Relief Mobilizes Response to Earthquake in Indonesia

Lutheran World Relief is mobilizing an emergency response in the wake of a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Lombok on August 5, 2018 that killed more than 100 people and damaged thousands of buildings. The epicenter was located 18 km northwest of East Lombok, which is in the northern part of the island.

The earthquake occurred one week after the region was hit by a 6.4 magnitude quake and has been followed by more than 130 aftershocks.

The National Disaster Management Agency, which is coordinating response efforts, estimates that there was damage to more than half of the houses in five sub-districts in North Lombok district.

Water supply and electricity have been severed in many areas and three bridges collapsed in Lombok, making it difficult to access all areas with aid. The quake was felt in the neighboring island of Bali, where there was damage to houses and buildings.

According to our partners in Indonesia, communities are most in need of food, drinking water, sanitation facilities, clothes, blankets, medical care and medicine, psychosocial support, and temporary shelter materials, like tarpaulins. People who have lost their houses are staying with relatives or in temporary housing structures.

Lutheran World Relief staff in Indonesia are currently working with partner organizations to determine how we can best respond.

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About Lutheran World Relief: LWR is an international NGO with nearly 75 years of demonstrated expertise that works in partnership with local communities to build their capabilities and collaborate on long-term solutions to reduce extreme poverty. In times of emergency, LWR is also a trusted partner to distribute aid and ensure people are prepared to withstand the next unexpected challenge. For more information, visit