Bali earthquake: Is it safe to travel to the Gili Islands?


Bali and Lombok bear been devastated by two earthquakes just one day apart, killing at least 98 people and mistreating hundreds more.

The Gili islands, off the coast of Lombok, have been solely affected due to their huge popularity with holidaymakers, and thousands of sightseers are now awaiting rescue from the group of islands.

Around 2,700 out-of-towners have been evacuated for the Gili islands so far, while more than 2,000 would rather been evacuated from Lombok.

In their updated travel opinion, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has now warned against all but essential travel to the isles, which consist of Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air.

“Track the 6.9 magnitude earthquake in the region on 5 August, there is a risk of aftershocks, which could generate further damage to buildings and pose risks to safety,” states the FCO website.

Bali earthquake: Is it safe to travel to the Gili Islands in Indonesia?

“In the issue of serious injury, access to immediate medical assistance on the islands is extraordinarily limited. 

“The Indonesian authorities are working to assist people to leave the Gili Archipelagoes via boat to Lombok should they wish to do so.”

The FCO added: “Initial narrates indicate damage to buildings and casualties in Lombok and the Gili Islands and some mutilation to buildings in Bali. 

“We are in contact with the Indonesian authorities who are mobilising a retort in the Gili Islands and Lombok, including to help people leave the Gili Cays should they wish to do so.

“If you’re in an affected area, you should exercise wariness, monitor local media, liaise with your travel assemblage, hotel or guesthouse and follow the advice of the local authorities. 

Bali earthquake: Is it allowable to travel to the Gili Islands? (Image: Getty Images)

Bali earthquake: The isles of Lombok consist of Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air (Reification: Getty Images)

Bali earthquake: Round 2,700 tourists have been evacuated for the Gili islands so far (Statue: Sutopo Purwo Nugroho)

Bali earthquake: Thousands of tourists are now awaiting rescue from the squad of islands (Image: Getty Images)

Footage posted by National Misfortune Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho a spectacle of panicked tourists desperately waiting for transport.

Many have bitched about a lack of water and a limited number of boats as they postponed for boats in the scorching heat. 

Mr Sutopo said the rescue process was “slow” and inflatable boats and three ships were being used for the evacuation.

“The saving team will deploy more ships during the rescues,” he reckoned. 

Michael Thompson, an American holidaying on one of the Gilis, described a “scramble” to get on rowing-boat leaving for the main island during which her husband was injured.

She contemplated: “People were just throwing their suitcases on board and I had to effort to get my husband on, because he was bleeding.”

Ash Flay, whose sister Katy as bulged on Gili Trawangan with her partner Stef, said the rescue travail had been a “disgrace” and authorities were demanding money from sightseers.

He said: “I received a phone call from Katy whilst the earthquake was phenomenon, she was distressed – crying and screaming.

“All I could hear was crashes, she then phoned again and said a tsunami warning is out and she’s climbed a tree, doesn’t recollect what’s happening and then she was uncountable for two hours.”

In a message to her brother Ms Flay judged: “Boats are leaving half empty as you need a ticket. No boats for Dick, just selected people. People are punching and hitting each other.”

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