Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
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Asad Umar meets Indonesian counterpart, WB chief in Bali

Asad Umar meets Indonesian counterpart, WB chief in Bali

The tremor comes after a 7.5-magnitude quake and subsequent tsunami struck off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi - around 1,000 kilometers northeast of Situbondo - last month, killing more than 2,000 people.

An natural disaster Thursday killed three people in Indonesia and rattled hotels where International Monetary Fund delegates are attending a major summit, a fortnight after a quake-tsunami killed more than 2,000 elsewhere in the archipelago.

In East Java, three people were crushed to death in their sleep when the quake brought down buildings and damaged some 210 houses in Sumenep district, East Java police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera told AFP.

Aside from the Asean event, Bali is also due to host the International Monetary Fund and World Bank's respective annual meetings this week.

The epicentre was off the coast, north north-east of Sumberanyar, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The quake near Bali caused brief panic among residents, although there was no tsunami alert issued. He added that the damage from the quake was minor.

Over 15,000 delegates from 189 countries are now gathered at Bali, Indonesia, for IMF/WB Group annual meetings from October 10-14, 2018. Over 19,000 delegates and guests are present, including Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim.

Some guests at a hotel in Nusa Dua, south of Bali's main worldwide airport, briefly fled outside after the strong tremor shook the building.

The country is still reeling just two weeks after a devastating magnitude-7.5 natural disaster and subsequent tsunami hit the island of Sulawesi last week. Around 5,000 people were thought to still be missing.

The region has been hit by a string of several major earthquakes this year.

Central Sulawesi was devastated when hit by a 7.5 magnitude quake last month which killed nearly 2000 people with hundreds more still missing.

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