Lombok and the neighboring tourist destinations of Bali and the Gili Islands are currently at the mercy of powerful tremors as a massive 6.9 magnitude earthquake rocked the large Indonesian city.
Causing widespread structural damage and now more than 300 dead, the crisis has torn the region apart.
Many people have now been forced to take to the streets as their homes are razed and others are still missing.
The fear of tourists in the region is also increasing, as the damage blocks access to aid authorities.
Where should the evacuees go in Lombok?
Popular tourist destination Gili Trawangan has seen hundreds of tourists attempt to flee the island by boat.
Indonesian authorities have confirmed that some 5,000 tourists hoping to escape the island were able to do so.
Thousands of tourists leaving the island were able to take additional flights or board ferries out of their location.
Many people who were unable to evacuate the island will be left without food, clean water and medicine.
Indonesian authorities have ensured that those unable to leave are taken care of and accommodated.
Authorities made loudspeaker announcements at evacuation sites after Thursday’s earthquake, urging people to stay calm and stay inside tents or find open space if they were inside. inside or near buildings.
“Please stay calm, this is just a cue and it will be over soon, there is no need to be afraid,” one official said in a calm voice.
Evacuation sites have been formed in open spaces, with tents providing less dangerous accommodation in the event of a further shock.
People were urged to remain calm in the face of the tremors and were urged to find open space or stay inside their tents should another earthquake occur.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesperson for the Indonesian Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said: “Evacuees and people fled from homes when they felt the strong shaking of the magnitude 6.2 earthquake. .
“People are still traumatized. Some buildings have been damaged even more because of it.”
A humanitarian crisis is also looming in Lombok, with aid agencies struggling to reach those most in need.
Is it safe to travel to Bali?
Travel in the Lombok area will be most difficult, and some damage has spread to Bali, but there are currently no warnings against this.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said Ngurah Rai Airport (Denpasar) and the city’s main tourist resorts were operating normally.
FCO warnings, however, indicate that travel to other tourist destinations is not advised, unless absolutely necessary.
The FCO advises against all but essential travel to the Gili Islands (Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air), off the northwest coast of Lombok.