As a powerful earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Lombok, in West Nusa Tenggara, on Sunday 5 August, the Christian Conference of Asia General Secretary Dr. Mathews George Chunakara offered prayers for the victims and their families.
At least 91 people are now known to have died and hundreds of people have been wounded.
The magnitude 6.9 tremor triggered underground, after which thousands of houses and buildings damaged.
Reports confirmed that there have been more than 130 aftershocks since the quake hit on Sunday morning. The earthquake hit on Sunday, which came a week after another quake hit Lombok that killed last week at least 16 people.
While expressing profound grief and conveying condolences to the bereaved families of the victims, Dr. Mathews George Chunakara appreciated the efforts being made by the Indonesian authorities in helping the affected people and communities in Lombok and the surrounding areas.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all the people affected by the earthquake”, said the CCA General Secretary.
Several congregations of CCA member churches -Batak Protestant Christian Church (HKBP), Protestant Church in Western Part of Indonesia (GPIB) and other member churches of the Communion of Churches in Indonesia (PGI) are located in the island of Lombok.
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