Photo Report: Gili T Earthquake Repairs Begin
Gili T resident & DIVE photographer Alfie Minnaar reports from the earthquake-stricken island. The Indonesian army arrives and the remaining dive professionals start rebuilding and clearing up …
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Troops from the Indonesian army arrive on Gili T
It is expected the soldiers will be on the island for at least a month helping with the rebuilding
Local police and dive workers assisting with the clear-up
The army at the island's mosque
Samuel Mason (left) a British tech dive instructor with Trawangan Dive and Måns Olsson, a Swedish tech instructor, at Blue Marlin Dive, fixing a water tower
Locals and dive instructors delivering supplies
Steve Willard, Dive Central manager, Phillip Christoffsen, Manta Dive instructor and James Wells, Gili Fit owner, discussing how to get the electricity supply back up
The dive centres have become focal points for helping
Trying to get one of the compressors working
Alfie say a group of about 30 dive professionals have remained on the islands helping with the clear-up. More than 2,000 tourists and workers have been evacuated.
The dive workers from Manta Dive, Trawangan Dive, Dive Central, Broken Compass, Gili Eco Trust, Gili Fit, Gili Teak Resort, Gili Freedive and others, are assigned jobs each day and a record of their whereabouts is kept on a whiteboard.
He points out that one major advantage is that many of the instructors and guides have other useful skills such as electrics, building and engineering experience. But he added there is a lot of work to be done.
A number of the centres have set up donation pages to raise funds for their workers – most of the local workers come from the nearby island of Lombok which was the epicentre of last Sunday's 6.9-magnitude quake. Nearly 500 are reported to have been killed on Lombok, 120,000 at least are homeless, and homes and businesses have been extensively destroyed in the northern part of the island.
Funding pages: Blue Marlin www.gofundme.com/earthquake-relief-for-blue-marlin, Dive Central www.gofundme.com/rebuild-the-dcg-boys-homes, Trawangan Dive www.gofundme.com/earthquake-relief-trawangan-dive and Manta Dive www.gofundme.com/earthquake-relief-manta-dive-staff?member=568424