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Travel alert: UAE issues warning on holiday islands

UAE Embassy warned holidaymakers in Lombok and Bali over deadly earthquake that killed at least 82 people

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Paradise at Bali beach, Indonesia.

Dubai: The UAE Embassy in Indonesia has issued an advisory to Emiratis travelling to the holiday islands of Lombok and Bali following a 6.9-magnitude tremor.

The embassy warned Emirati holiday-goers in Lombok and Bali to take precautions and move away from dangerous areas.

Citizens were also cautioned to follow the advice of local authorities and to keep updated on the situation by following news reports.

In the event of an emergency, Emiratis in Indonesia can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on +971 800 44444, or to call the UAE Embassy on +62 811 8458444 and +62 215 206518.

No Emiratis are believed to have been injured in the disaster.

A powerful quake struck the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok, which killed at least 82 people and wounded hundreds.

The 6.9-magnitude tremor, which triggered panic among tourists and locals on Sunday evening, was also felt on the neighbouring island of Bali, one of Southeast Asia's leading tourist destinations.

The US Geological Survey said the shallow quake hit northern Lombok just 10 kilometres underground and was followed by two further secondary quakes and nearly two dozen aftershocks.

The tremor came a week after a shallow 6.4-magnitude quake hit Lombok, killing 17 people and damaging hundreds of buildings.

It triggered landslides that briefly trapped trekkers on popular mountain hiking routes. 

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