The Latest: Indonesia survivor says many buried in mosque

In this image made from video released by the Indonesian military, a man is carried by Indonesian military after they rescued him from a collapsed mosque in the powerful earthquake, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, on the island Lombok, Indonesia. Soldiers were able to rescue the man while thousands of homeless locals waited for aid Tuesday and stranded tourists camped at beaches and in the lobbies of damaged hotels. (Ivan Fadillah/Indonesia Military via AP)
Rescuers carry the body of an earthquake victim recovered from the collapsed Jabal Nur Mosque in North Lombok, Indonesia, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. The north of Lombok was devastated by the powerful quake that struck Sunday night, damaging thousands of buildings and killing a large number of people. Rescuers were still struggling to reach all of the affected areas and authorities expect the death toll to rise. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
Relatives react as rescue teams recover the bodies of victims killed in an earthquake in North Lombok, Indonesia, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. The north of Lombok was devastated by the powerful quake that struck Sunday night, damaging thousands of buildings and killing a large number of people. Rescuers were still struggling to reach all of the affected areas and authorities expect the death toll to rise. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

LADING-LADING, Indonesia — The Latest on an earthquake that struck Indonesia's Lombok island (all times local):

3 p.m.

A man who narrowly escaped from the Jabal Nur mosque that collapsed during an earthquake in Lombok on Sunday evening says there were about 100 people praying inside when the earthquake struck and though many got out, dozens were buried in the rubble.

A distraught Muhamad Juanda said Tuesday that "people were praying in two rows; there are about 50 people in each row so a total of 100 people praying inside the mosque."

Separately, the local village head, Budhiawan, said about 30 people were trapped based on unclaimed belongings outside the mosque.

Juanda said: "I stayed (inside) during the first shock but the shock grew stronger and we rolled around trying to run out and I was already outside ... when the mosque collapsed."

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency hasn't said how many people it believes were buried in the mosque but spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nguroho said he hopes "a lot" will be rescued. A dramatic video showed one man being pulled out alive Monday by soldiers.

The disaster agency says the overall death toll has risen to 105 and will continue to increase.

___

9 a.m.

Soldiers have pulled a man alive from the rubble of a large mosque that collapsed in northern Lombok during Sunday night's powerful earthquake.

Video shot by a soldier on Monday shows the rescuers shouting "Thank God" as the man is pulled out from a space under the Jabal Nur mosque's flattened roof and staggers away from the ruins supported by soldiers.

"You're safe, mister," says one of the soldiers as emotion overcomes the saved man and villagers crowd around him.

The north of Lombok has been devastated by the magnitude 7.0 quake and rescuers are struggling to reach all the affected areas.

Efforts to find survivors in the ruins of Lading-Lading village's mosque that collapsed while worshippers were praying are continuing Tuesday. A backhoe was dragging away parts of the collapsed structure.

The toll of at least 98 dead is expected to rise as rescuers reach more devastated areas.

People also read these

Pink diamond fetches record $71.2M in Hong Kong...

Apr 5, 2017

The "Pink Star," a stunning 59.6 carat diamond, has sold for $71.2 million at a Sotheby's auction...

Unfettered online hate speech fuels Islamophobia...

Apr 10, 2017

Homeowners in a central Chinese city were so opposed to the planned construction of a mosque in...

Executions in China said to outpace world despite...

Apr 11, 2017

China's use of the death penalty remains shrouded in secrecy and outpaces the rest of the world...

China conducts demolitions at Tibetan Buddhist...

May 19, 2017

Chinese authorities in southwestern Sichuan province have evicted followers and razed scores of...

AP Interview: China to lead in organ transplants...

Jul 26, 2017

AP Interview: The chief architect of China's organ transplant program says the country is on track...

Sign up now!

Advertisement