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Indonesia's Lombok hit by another strong quake

10 August, 2018, 09:29 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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A magnitude 6.2 aftershock rocked Indonesia's Lombok on Thursday, sparking fresh panic on the tropical tourist island as the official death toll from a powerful quake four days earlier nearly doubled to 259.

Aid agencies say the number is likely to increase dramatically as they gain access to the worst-hit parts of the island.

Lombok was hit by another quake on Thursday, the third in a little over a week, causing panic, injuries and damage to buildings.

Despite the mammoth recovery efforts ahead, Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency said Wednesday that global aid was not yet needed. While other government agencies have reported the death toll to have risen to 347, the national disaster agency has stood by its toll of 131.

It said it didn't have the potential to cause a tsunami.

THE Indonesian island of Lombok was rattled by another powerful natural disaster, making it the third big quake to hit the island in just over a week.

"We were stuck in the traffic while delivering aid, suddenly it felt like our vehicle was hit from behind, it was so strong", witness Sri Laksmi told AFP. Panicked residents fled into the streets, witnesses said.

Twenty-four people were injured by falling debris in the tremor, Nugroho said.

Authorities and worldwide relief groups have begun organising aid, but badly damaged roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north of Lombok, which bore the brunt of the quake.

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A further 1447 have been injured and 165,003 displaced.

Officials said about three-quarters of Lombok's rural north had been without electricity since Sunday, although power had since been restored in most areas before the aftershock.

He estimated 75% of houses are damaged in some villages in east and north Lombok.

Across much of the island, a popular tourist destination, once-bustling villages have been turned into virtual ghost towns.

The island was still recovering after two other recent earthquakes when the tremor happened.

Some evacuees have complained of being ignored or experiencing long delays for supplies to arrive at shelters. Many Indonesian speakers wrote messages on Facebook using the word "selamat" - which can mean "safe" but also "congratulations" - triggering celebratory animations.

He said: "People are always saying they need water and tarps". "Some paramedics have to be at the shelters, some need to be mobile", Majdi said.

"More than 3000 people have been evacuated in three days". More than 1,000 schools have been damaged, the organization said.

One aid agency, Yayasan Plan International Indonesia, has warned that thousands of children have been left homeless, forced to sleep in open fields without warm clothing or blankets.

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