As rescuers in Indonesia search for survivors of a pair of deadly earthquakes, Edmonton's small Indonesian community is searching for ways to support the relief effort. "We have also asked private companies, construction companies to help by deploying their heavy equipment to participate (in the rescue efforts)", the governor said. "And I think it probably revived more quickly than people thought", he said.
Purwanto, in his response, expressed gratitude to the Federal Government and the minister in particular for identifying with his country at the moment of pains.
The devastation comes exactly a week after the region was hit by a 6.4 magnitude quake that left at least 15 people dead and 162 injured.
Lombok was still recovering from a 6.4 magnitude natural disaster that struck on July 29.
People were said to be performing evening prayers when the roof caved in on top of them.
Facebook says it "regrets" that members posting about a deadly quake in Indonesia saw their messages adorned with confetti and balloons.
After two days trapped on quake-struck Lombok Island, Jen Montgomery-Lay and her family escaped the island, travelling back to Bali by ferry.
Hundreds of tourists and workers were still struggling to get off three outlying resort islands where power was cut off and hotels and hostels were damaged.
"Gili Air has run out of food and water so they have come to us", she told Reuters in a text, then messaging later that she had been taken on a boat to the main island and would head from there to Bali. "There are reports. that there are people buried alive, it is a critical time for immediate evacuation", he said.
"Where should we go if we have no house anymore, nowhere to live?"
Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, in Lombok for a regional security meeting, said he and his delegation were dining in their hotel's 12th-floor restaurant when the quake struck, plunging the building into darkness and throwing people to the floor.
Rescuers pulled a body from a pancaked pile of broken concrete and twisted reinforcing bar that once held together the multi-storey Jabal Nur Mosque, whose green dome had shattered and collapsed.
More than 20 000 people are believed to have been made homeless on Lombok‚ with 236 severely injured‚ and authorities have appealed for more medical personnel and basic supplies.
"It was very hard, people were fighting [to get on boats]".
"Most foreign tourists have been evacuated", Yusuf Latif, national search and rescue team spokesman, told AFP.
There are 2,221 Canadians registrants overseas in Indonesia and 480 registered in Bali, said Elizabeth Reid, spokeswoman for Global Affairs Canada.
"People panicked and scattered on the streets, and buildings and houses that had been damaged by the previous natural disaster had become more damaged and collapsed", Nugroho said.
Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Mr O'Sullivan said that around 30 of those were evacuated on Sunday night but the remainder were on the beach in some cases for up to 36 hours waiting to be evacuated.