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Indonesia's quake-hit Lombok battles with malaria, 137 infected

AFP  |  Mataram (Indonesia) 

A outbreak has infected at least 137 people in Indonesia's West after the island was rocked by a series of earthquakes in recent months, an said Sunday.

The quakes and aftershocks since July have killed about 500 people and forced hundreds of thousands into evacuation shelters or tents.

As a result the number of cases is twice as high as in the same period last year, prompting the West government to declare a health emergency.

Among the 137 infected are babies and pregnant women.

The government has taken steps to prevent the disease from spreading such as taking blood samples, distributing mosquito nets and fogging.

Amaq Aniyah, 65, was diagnosed with after feeling unwell for a week.

His house was destroyed by a 6.9 magnitude quake in early August and since then he has been living in a tent. Paramedics have given him a mosquito net.

"Ideally we should give mosquito nets to everyone but because we only have a few, we have to be selective," said Farlin, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

The of West regency, Fauzan Halid, told AFP they only have 3,000 mosquito nets but need about 10,000.

Declaration of a health emergency will allow to seek 3.4 billion rupiah (USD 230,000) in aid from the to tackle the crisis.

Indonesia's rainy season is expected to start next month, raising fears malaria-carrying mosquitos could breed in stagnant water.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, September 16 2018. 15:20 IST