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Office Damaged in Lombok earthquakes

Muslim Aid’s office on the Indonesian island of Lombok was damaged by in yesterday’s earthquake at a magnitude of 6.2. This is the latest in the series of quakes which started on Sunday, 29 July and of which the strongest was the one on Sunday, 5 August at a magnitude of 6.9 and is believed to have caused the death of more than 300 people. Staff fled from the building when the trembling began as the greatest danger during tremors is falling masonry, furniture and other building debris. Fadlullah Wilmot, who has just arrived from the London office to lead Muslim Aid’s emergency response as temporary Head of Mission, was among those who had to run from the office.

In a What’s App video message he sent to back to his Muslim Aid’s colleagues in London at UK time, Fadlullah says: “We were just hit by an earthquake, we were all in the office, we are waiting outside, we ran out immediately. You can see some of the roof is damaged. The office seems structurally sound, you can see there are some cracks in the building and some of the plastering came off. Everything is quite safe, we just have to clean up after this”.

Fadlullah’s worries are for the people he met among the thousands evacuated and hundreds injured who are sleeping in makeshift tents by the roadside and in their fields. Yesterday’s earthquake led to major road closures and left even more areas inaccessible.

Fadlullah says people have fled with nothing: ''There is huge need. I saw a lady sitting down alone on the side of the road with a young child which I correctly assumed to be her grandson. She looked lonely and sad. She told me that her house had been completely destroyed by the earthquake where she was living with her daughter. She has no job and no home and doesn't know how she is going to survive”.

Muslim Aid’s local teams have been distributing essentials such as tarpaulin and ropes to build shelter, hygiene kits including soap and toothpaste, and utensils like buckets for water and washing. Muslim Aid is working in partnership with local organisation Yayasan Kemanusiaan Muslim Indonesia and coordinating with local and national government agencies’ disaster management systems.



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