newsdog Facebook

Rebuilding of mosques priority in Lombok

Khaleej Times 2018-08-11 02:11:16

On Indonesia's earthquake-devastated Lombok island, people are reeling as they mourn more than 300 dead and sleep in makeshift shelters, but foremost in the minds of some is rebuilding the collapsed mosques that were the heart of their communities.

Villagers in Tanjung district prayed in a field on Friday in front of their former mosque and made plans for a replacement.

"We are very sad because our mosque we loved very much is now destroyed," said Sunarto, a worshipper. ?Our Imam, who is our leader, also died in the mosque."

The magnitude 7.0 quake on Sunday killed at least 319 people and damaged or destroyed nearly 68,000 homes. Nearly 500 schools were damaged and more than 270,000 people were made homeless or otherwise displaced. It also upended daily religious life, with 15 mosques collapsing and 50 musholla or prayer rooms damaged. Like most of Indonesia, Lombok is majority Muslim. A minority on the island practise Hinduism, a legacy of its historical domination by Hindu Balinese kingdoms.