Destruction of Lombok earthquake laid bare in alarming photographs

The aftermath of the Lombok earthquake has been laid bare in alarming photographs showing the extent of the destruction on the tropical island.

The 6.9 earthquake on Sunday was followed by another 5.2 magnitude quake on Monday, a 5.4 on Tuesday, and a 6.2 on Thursday, in addition to hundreds of aftershocks.

According to local media the death toll has now risen to 347 with that figure set to rise as rescue teams continue to uncover those buried in the rubble.

PIC FROM Sahlan Kurniawan / Jefta Images / Caters News

The island is now facing a humanitarian crisis, with thousands now left without clean water, food, medicine and shelter.

Photographer Sahlan Kurniawan, 43, has captured the impact of the quake on the lives of both tourists and locals.

PIC FROM Sahlan Kurniawan / Jefta Images / Caters News

Sahlan said: “The damage is very bad, more than 50 percent of buildings have been destroyed.

“When the aftershocks came people panicked, everyone was just trying to save themselves.

PIC FROM Sahlan Kurniawan / Jefta Images / Caters News

“It’s pretty alarming, because there are still areas that have not been evacuated because of a lack of resources or access.”

The 35-year-old’s photographs shows an aerial vision of residents climbing on top of the rubble that remains of their home to check what can be salvaged.

PIC FROM Sahlan Kurniawan / Jefta Images / Caters News

Elsewhere, displaced people carry an injured elderly woman and pray inside a temporary shelter.

PIC FROM Sahlan Kurniawan / Jefta Images / Caters News

Meanwhile, thousands of tourists are still stranded in airports across the island.