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  • 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit on Sunday
  • Earlier today, a 5.2 magnitude tremor also struck
  • The death toll is currently at 142
  • Tourists remain stranded on Gili islands
  • Flights still travelling to and from Bali and Lombok

Bali and Lombok have been hit by deadly earthquakes measuring 7.0 in magnitude.

At least 142 people have been killed by the earthquakes with the figures expected to increase, and 209 badly injured.

Thousands of tourists were pictured crammed onto a beach in Gili Trawangan as they attempted to leave the islands.

An estimated 20,000 people are thought to have been displaced by the tremors.

Are flights still going to and from Bali, and are boats leaving the islands?

The airport in Bali is operational and flights are going to and from the region.

Ngurah Rai International Airport, the main airport in Bali suffered slight damage to the building and runway.

Airport spokesman Arie Ahsanurrohim confirmed to The Jakarta Post: “We will immediately repair damage within 24 hours.

“We have checked flight facilities and ensured that everything is safe for flight operations to resume.”

AirAsia has confirmed that flights to both Bali and Lombok remain unaffected and are operating as normal.

However, the airline is also offering recovery options for tourists between 6 August and 10 August.

Travellers will be able to change their flight free of charge to travel up to 14 days later.

The airline’s statement said: “AirAsia strongly encourages all guests to update their contact details at airasia.com to ensure that they are notified of any updates to their flights.

“We will continue to monitor the situation closely and keep our guests updated on the latest developments. Guests are advised to check airasia.com and AirAsia’s social media channels for further updates.”

Jetstar has also confirmed that flights are still travelling to Bali, but passengers wanting to change their flights would incur a fee.

Passenger Yee Gin took to Twitter to ask if they could change if they “didn’t feel safe” travelling to Bali. Jetstar confirmed that “fare rules will apply”.

Tourists attempting to leave the island by boat have remained stranded due to the shallow water.

More are expected to enter the island to help evacuate the Gili Islands in the next few days.

Some tourists were injured in stampedes as they tried to leave as quickly as possible.

Celebrities including Gary Barlow and Chrissy Teigen were caught up in the quakes.

Earthquakes are common in Indonesia, due to sitting on a seismic hotspot in the Pacific Ocean.

In 2004, the Boxing day Indian Ocean tsunami killed 226,000 people and caused billions of pounds of damage.



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