WATCH: Thousands left homeless and awaiting urgent aid arrivals in Indonesia

WATCH: Thousands left homeless and awaiting urgent aid arrivals in Indonesia
Thousands of people are awaiting urgent aid on the Indonesian island of Lombok after a powerful earthquake left them homeless and without food, clean water or medical care.
Search and rescue efforts continue as many are still feared to be trapped underneath the wreckage.

105 people have so far died in the disaster, but organisations say that figure is likely to rise as more days pass and the likelihood of rescue fades.

Thousands of people, displaced by the disaster, are living in temporary shelters but supplies are low and agencies say water and food are in high demand after clean sources were blocked and shops destroyed.

Euronews spoke to Piva Bell from Mercy Corps, just one of the NGO groups working in the area. She said all aid agencies are working together on a joint assessment of the situation in the region. They are collecting data in order to give the “best immediate support for the needs of the people.”

Piva described the moment she arrived in one of the villages hit worst by the earthquake: “It was very devastating. The electricity was off and people were screaming in panic. The ambulance was non-stop. People were sleeping outside… because of the aftershocks… and because of this most people, especially babies and children, are starting to get sick. They get diseases, flu and fever, and they need immediate help and water.”

Large areas of the island are still without power and damage to roads and bridges means that getting aid to the parts which have been worst hit is challenging.

Meanwhile rescue operations continue with more people being pulled from the rubble in the days since the earthquake struck.

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