The Earth Moves, the Ships Roll
Flotilla of Ships Deployed Between Lombok and Bali to Evacuate Tourists and Locals Escaping Aftermath of August 5th 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake
Nusa Bali reports that some 1,500 domestic and foreign tourists have been evacuated from the Island of Lombok using a wide range of sea-transport following the Sunday, August 5, 2018, 7.0 magnitude earthquake that had an epicenter in North Lombok.
Passengers were brought to Bali’s southernmost Port of Benoa using a flotilla of vessels starting from Monday evening through Tuesday afternoon. Among the ships deployed for the evacuation were KM Binaiya, MV Bounty Cruise, KM KPLP I, KM KPLP II, MV Patagonia, and MV Patagonia Xpress.
The first ship carrying evacuees, KM Binaiya, berthed at the eastern pier in the Port of Benoa carrying 86 passengers at 10:30 pm on Monday. The manifest of the ship was dominated by foreign tourists bringing their personal belongings from Lombok. A second ship, the MV Bounty Cruise catamaran brought 541 tourists to their private jetty in Benoa at 1:15 am on Tuesday morning.
Throughout the rest of Tuesday, hundreds of tourists arrived in Bali from Lombok in a series of ship arrivals that had traveled the 54 nautical miles across the Lombok Straits.
Coordinating the arrival of domestic and foreign tourists was the head of the Denpasar Police Precinct, Hadi Purnomo, who personally headed the large complement of police assigned to stand-by at the Port. Purnomo said his officers were coordinating with the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI-Bali) to support and assist the tourists fleeing the aftermath of the Lombok earthquake. That assistance took the form of busses and ambulances to carry passengers to medical centers, Bali's Airport, and hotels on the Island of Bali.
Separately, the spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, confirmed that up and until 8:00 pm on Monday the number of tourists and local residents evacuated from North Lombok, Gili Air, Gili Meno, and Gili Trawangan totaled 4,636 people who were transported to the Port of Benoa in Bali and the Port of Lembar in South Lombok.
The Director-General of Immigration confirmed that 7 foreign nationals suffered injuries as a result of Sunday’s earthquake in Lombok and were being treated at hospitals in Lombok.
Through mid-day Tuesday, August 7th the death count linked to the earthquake stood at 105 people, a number expected to grow as rescue workers inspect structures destroyed by the disaster. The distribution of fatalities to date records 78 people killed in North Lombok, 16 in West Lombok, 4 in the City of Mataram, 3 in East Lombok, 2 in Central Lombok, and 2 in Bali.
Hundreds were injured in the earthquake.