Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Facebook apologises after confetti and balloons appear on posts about Indonesian quake

Facebook apologises after confetti and balloons appear on posts about Indonesian quake

At least 130 people were killed in the magnitude 6.9 natural disaster that rocked the country Sunday; Greg Palkot reports.

The governor of the province that includes Lombok, the military and the national search and rescue agency issued different death tolls that ranged from 226 to 381.

Local authorities, worldwide relief groups and the central government have begun organizing aid, but shattered roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north and east of Lombok, which bore the brunt of the quake.

"We don't know for sure how many people are alive under the rubble", BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told reporters.

He said his agency is "still verifying the correctness of the data".

He has said several times that the number of deaths will increase.

Rescue efforts have intensified to find people buried in rubble following the natural disaster that shook Indonesia's Lombok island, amid conflicting reports that the death toll had risen to 347.


Meanwhile the death toll from the powerful quake continues to rise, with 347 people now reported dead, according to CNN.

Tens of thousands of homes, businesses and mosques were levelled by the quake, which struck on Sunday as evening prayers were being said across the island.

Facebook users writing the Indonesian word "selamat"-which roughly translates to "unhurt" or "survive"- when referring to the 7.0-magnitude quake reported seeing confetti and balloons when they were writing messages of sympathy to their friends and family on social media".

"We are still waiting for assessments from some of the more remote areas in the north of the island, but it is already clear that Sunday's natural disaster was exceptionally destructive", said Mr Rassi. Water, food and medical supplies were being distributed from trucks.

The military said that five planes carrying food, medicine, blankets, field tents and water tankers left Jakarta for the island early on Wednesday.

Emergency workers are continuing to dig through rubble and are gradually starting to reach more remote areas of the large island.

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