Photo Report: Gili T Recovers From Devastating Earthquake
DIVE photographer Alfie Minnaar is based on the resort island of Gili Trawangan. Here is his first report of the extensive damage and the efforts the dive professionals and locals are making in getting the island back up and running…
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The damage to the small resort island was extensive with most buildings suffering some structural impact
The earthquake which measured 6.9 magnitude struck at 6.46 local time on Sunday evening
The locals, some of the dive professionals and tourists, headed to higher ground inland fearing a tsunami, leaving the coastal area deserted
Many of the staff at the dive centres have decided to stay and help get the island back on its feet. Here, instructors Leesa, Roos and Pip help to get things organised at Manta Dive
For the first few nights, the remaining staff at Manta Dive slept around the swimming pool
Over the following days, most of the tourists and some of the dive staff were evacuated from the island
Supplies at Manta Dive
A makeshift clinic was set up with doctors, who were on holiday, helping out
Instructors at Manta Dive take turns with the washing up
Alfie says things are slowly getting back to normal - a couple of hundred locals are still camping out in the inland hills and thirty or forty dive professionals are camping out at their centres, trying to help with the rebuild.
We will be posting more reports from Alfie over the next few days.
He says Go Fund Me sites have been set up to help the local people by most of the dive centres and any funds raised will be distributed through the centres' local employees to help in rebuilding their homes and essential infrastructure - Manta Dive alone has 70 local employees.