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British Veterans Head To Indonesia To Help After Earthquake Disaster

At least 91 people have been killed and hundreds more injured in a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that hit the island of Lombok, Indonesia.

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Team Rubicon focuses on veteran reintegration and on bridging the gap between military and civilian life  (Picture: Team Rubicon).

An emergency response team of military veterans has travelled to Indonesia to assist authorities after a deadly earthquake.

At least 91 people have been killed and hundreds more injured in a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that hit the island of Lombok on 5 August.

Soon after Team Rubicon, which trains and deploys ex-servicemen and women to disaster zones, began monitoring the incident.

They quickly made the decision to send a recce team to assess the situation and aid local authorities and residents.

This disaster – also felt in neighbouring provinces Bali and Surabaya– followed a 6.4 magnitude quake in same area on 29 July.

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Around 10,000 people have now been evacuated from the island and power and telecommunications networks are down in the worst-hit areas (Picture: Team Rubicon).

Richard Sharp, CEO of Team Rubicon UK, said:

“With the scale of the disaster unfolding by the hour, and the numbers of affected and displaced now well over 20,000, we have deployed a reconnaissance team to Lombok to assess whether a larger response will be required. 

“Our priority is to give the Indonesian authorities and organisations the space they need to coordinate this deadly disaster, but by having a small group in country, Team Rubicon UK will be well positioned to call forward teams and equipment to assist where needed.”

Last year, Team Rubicon helped the families hit by Hurricane Irma in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The team engages both veterans and civilians as volunteers but is particularly focused on veteran reintegration and bridging the gap between military and civilian life.

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