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New aftershock pummels traumatized Indonesian island of Lombok as death toll climbs

09 August, 2018, 21:39 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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A strong quake with a magnitude of 6.2 hit Indonesia's Lombok island on Thursday (Aug 9), causing some buildings to collapse, according to witnesses and the Southeast Asian nation's meteorology and geophysics agency.

It was the third big quake to hit Lombok in little over a week.

"We are still waiting for assessments from some of the more remote areas in the north of the island, but it is already clear that Sunday's quake was exceptionally destructive", Christopher Rassi, the head of a Red Cross assessment team on Lombok, said in a statement.

"It is already clear that Sunday's quake was exceptionally destructive", Christopher Rassi, the head of a Red Cross assessment team on Lombok, said in a statement.

Indonesian authorities are appealing for food, clean water and medical help for some 156,000 people forced from their homes and 1,477 severely injured in the disaster. However, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for the national disaster agency, said the number of deaths will increase.

U.S. quake monitors said the latest aftershock had a magnitude of 5.9.

The Indonesian island of Lombok has been hit by a strong quake, as it still reels from the impact of Sunday's tremor.

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People ran into the streets and buildings were damaged.

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He said his agency is "still verifying the correctness of the data".

He said victims can be counted several times because of the common practice of people in Indonesia using several names and noted that families of victims are entitled to financial compensation from the government when a death is confirmed.

Aid groups say children are particularly vulnerable, with many sleeping in open fields and suffering illnesses from lack of warm clothing and blankets.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

At least 130 people were killed in the magnitude 6.9 natural disaster that rocked the country Sunday; Greg Palkot reports.

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