FCO upgrades Indonesia travel warning

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The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated its travel warning for Indonesia following the impact of a second earthquake on the Gili islands on 5 August.

Travellers are advised that all but essential travel is to be avoided to the Gili Islands, which are situated off the coast of Lombok.

The 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit the region on 5 August, leaving 100 people dead and around 20,000 homeless. According to TTG Asia around 3,000 tourists have already been evacuated, but hundreds still remain on the island.

The FCO said in its travel warning: “There is a risk of aftershocks, which could cause further damage to buildings and pose risks to safety. In the event of serious injury, access to immediate medical assistance on the islands is extremely limited.”