VIDEO: Crowds Run Towards Ferry on Gili Islands

By ,   August 8, 2018 ,   Accidents

Indonesian authorities are currently charging all stranded tourists to be rescued off Gili isles hit by Sunday's earthquake. Tourists, desperate to reach safety, have been seen fighting each other to get on rescue boats, reportedlyleaving half empty and carrying 'selected' evacuees.

The 7-magnitude earthquake took at least 105 lives, seriously injured over 230, destroyed thousands of Lombok's buildings and those on nearby islands.

Some 4,600 tourists were evacuated from Gili Islands - 3 small tropical islands popular as diving and backpacking destinations. However, hundreds still remain, and crowded onto the beaches desperately awaiting boat transportation, but witnesses said only some were allowed off the isles.

Tourists continue to leave the island of Lombok, fearing further earthquakes, some on ferries to Bali and some on extra flights laid on by airlines. 

The tremors in Lombok last Sunday, August 5, came just a week after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian tourist destination, murdering 16 people and injuring at least 162.

More than 5,000 people were displaced due to forced evacuation.