Bali-Lombok Ferry Resumes Services After Earthquake

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Ferry services between Lombok and Bali are back after a week where tremors continued while rescuing teams looked for victims around the Island.

Ferry services from Bali to Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara resumed operations after being halted for a couple of days following a 7-magnitude earthquake on Lombok Island.

“The electricity is back up and we have started our activities. Both passengers and vehicles have started to board our ferries,” state-owned ferry operator PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry’s corporate secretary Emelda Alini said on Monday as reported by kontan.co.id. ASDP operates up to four ferries from both Bali and Lombok islands.

Sunday evening’s earthquake a week ago had triggered a blackout on the island until about 10.30 p.m., prompting the company to stop its ferry services and other activities at Lembar and Kayangan Port.

Fortunately, none of the ports had been damaged in the earthquake. The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) issued a tsunami warning immediate after the earthquake, which was later lifted.

The earthquake struck Lombok at 6:46 p.m. local time, with an epicenter located 18 kilometers south-west of East Lombok.

ASDP operates four ferries from both Lembar and Kayangan Port.  They are two dozens of ferry connections on a daily basis connecting Lombok to Bali in two hours and a half on average while Gili Island to Bali takes only an hour and a half.

In between, the number of casualties has been revised up following the earthquake. On Tuesday morning, Indonesia National Disaster Agency talked about 436 deads while 350,000 people have been displaced. The agency estimates that infrastructure destruction -including the collapse of home and public buildings- reached already over US$350 million.

(Source: bbn)