1.TWO EARTHQUAKES EXCEEDING 5.0 MAGNITUDE ROCK LOMBOK
JAKARTA: Two earthquakes with magnitudes above 5.0 on the Richter scale jolted Lombok island, Indonesia, this evening.
According to Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency, the first quake with a magnitude of 5.8 on the Richter scale took place at 2.07 pm Western Indonesia Time and the epicentre was 24km northeast of East Lombok-West Nusa Tenggara.
The second earthquake followed two minutes later at 2.09 pm measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale with the epicentre 7km northwest of East Lombok-West Nusa Tenggara.
The earthquake was felt in North Lombok, Central Lombok, West Lombok and all the way to Denpasar, in Bali.
Fortunately, there was no threat of tsunami reported and so far there were no reports of the quakes’ impact on residents and their villages.
2.AT LEAST 50 KILLED IN INDONESIA’S PAPUA’S FLASH FLOODS
INDONESIA: Flash floods in Indonesia’s eastern Papua province have killed at least 50 people.
According to national disaster agency spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the floods in Sentani on Saturday, were triggered by torrential rain and landslides, leaving some 59 people injured and dozens of homes damaged by floodwaters.
Nugroho said, the number of casualties and impact of the disaster will likely increase as search and rescue teams are still trying to evacuate people from hard-hit area.
Meanwhile, Doyo was one of the most affected areas when it was reported that a housing complex was littered with huge rocks believed to have rolled down from a nearby mountain.
Tents have been set up in Sentani, to take in flood victims and treat the wounded.
3.CROWDS ENSHROUD THAILAND’S EARLY VOTING
BANGKOK: Hundreds of thousands of Thai voters have been eager to cast an early ballot a week before the country’s first election in eight years.
Crowding into schools, parking lots and temples on Sunday, more than 2.3 million Thais are expected to vote before the official March 24th poll date.
More than 51 million Thais are eligible to vote in the official March 24th election, which will be held under a new military-scripted constitution.
Analysts say, the new electoral system favours the army-aligned party fronted by junta leader, Prayut Chan-O-Cha, who is running to be civilian prime minister after a government is formed.