Lombok quake: Rescue efforts hampered by shortage in heavy-lifting equipment, many still trapped under rubble

Lalu Fauzan said his mother remains trapped under the rubble of the Jami'ul Jama'ah mosque following Sunday's earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia.
Lalu Fauzan said his mother remains trapped under the rubble of the Jami'ul Jama'ah mosque following Sunday's earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia.ST PHOTO: WAHYUDI SOERIAATMADJA
Lalu Fauzan (left) standing beside the collapsed Jami’ul Jama’ah mosque, where his mother is trapped under the rubble, in North Lombok on Aug 7, 2018.
Lalu Fauzan (left) standing beside the collapsed Jami’ul Jama’ah mosque, where his mother is trapped under the rubble, in North Lombok on Aug 7, 2018.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Villagers of Karang Pangsor including Yuspiadi (right), in his 30s, at the collapsed Jami’ul Jama’ah mosque, which has at least five people still stuck under the rubble.
Villagers of Karang Pangsor including Yuspiadi (right), in his 30s, at the collapsed Jami’ul Jama’ah mosque, which has at least five people still stuck under the rubble. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Villagers of Karang Pangsor helping to remove motorcycles near the collapsed Jami’ul Jama’ah mosque, which has at least five people still stuck under the rubble.
Villagers of Karang Pangsor helping to remove motorcycles near the collapsed Jami’ul Jama’ah mosque, which has at least five people still stuck under the rubble.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Villagers search for Dea Mukti, 21, who is believed to be trapped under the rubble in the village of Karang Montong Laut on Indonesia's Lombok island, on Aug 7, 2018.
Villagers search for Dea Mukti, 21, who is believed to be trapped under the rubble in the village of Karang Montong Laut on Indonesia's Lombok island, on Aug 7, 2018.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Villagers search for Dea Mukti, 21, who is believed to be trapped under the rubble in the village of Karang Montong Laut on Indonesia's Lombok island, on Aug 7, 2018.
Villagers search for Dea Mukti, 21, who is believed to be trapped under the rubble in the village of Karang Montong Laut on Indonesia's Lombok island, on Aug 7, 2018.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

LOMBOK - Rescue efforts on the island of Lombok have been hampered by a shortage in heavy-lifting equipment such as excavators, even as the death toll climbed to 105 on Tuesday (Aug 7).

"We are deploying excavators, heavy equipment to the affected areas (these are the local government's resources)," West Nusa Tenggara provincial governor Zainul Majdi told The Straits Times.

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