France voices solidarity with Indonesia after quake
Indonesia – Earthquake in Lombok – Opening of a crisis cell at the Quai d’Orsay – Communiqué issued by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs
Paris, 6 August 2018
The latest provisional toll of the earthquake that hit the Lombok region on 5 August is 91 dead and hundreds injured. At this stage, four French nationals have been reported injured, and our embassy is monitoring their situation.
Jean-Yves Le Drian expresses his solidarity with with those affected, and the Indonesian authorities and people.
Our embassy in Jakarta is in constant contact with the local authorities, which are proceeding with the rescue and evacuation of foreign nationals and tourists. Consular officials have been dispatched to Lombok airport to lend assistance to French nationals.
Telecommunications networks have been disrupted on several islands, making communication difficult. Infrastructure has been badly damaged, especially in northern Lombok and on the Gili Islands. Tourist areas in Lombok (south and west of the island) have been less affected. Bali and Lombok international airports are operating.
Our compatriots on Lombok and the Gili Islands are asked to strictly follow the local authorities’ instructions and advice on protecting themselves and departures from the islands.
Instructions from the French Embassy have been sent by text and email to those residents on the consular register and to the 1,700 people registered with our Ariane service.
We advise residents and people travelling through Indonesia to reassure their loved ones in France via all available means of communication, including social media.
The French Embassy in Jakarta and the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs’ crisis and support unit are monitoring developments in the situation in real time.
If there has been confirmation of an emergency, our compatriots can contact the French Embassy in Jakarta on 021 2355 7677 from Indonesia (five-hour time difference for Jakarta and six hours for Bali/Lombok).
A crisis cell has been opened in Paris and can be contacted on 01 43 17 51 00.
Regular updates are being published on the French Embassy in Jakarta’s website, its Twitter account @FranceJakarta and the travel advice account @ConseilsVoyages./.