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Death toll in Indonesia quake rises to 164

09 August 2018

A strong quake with a magnitude of 6.2 hit Indonesia's Lombok island on Thursday, causing some buildings to collapse, according to witnesses and the Southeast Asian nation's meteorology and geophysics agency.

A magnitude 6.4 natural disaster on July 29 killed 16 people and cracked and weakened many structures, amplifying the damage that occurred in Sunday's quake.

The quake struck as evening prayers were being said across the Muslim-majority island and there are fears that one collapsed mosque in north Lombok had been filled with worshippers.

ADEK BERRY via Getty Images An Indonesian man tries to calm a woman after a strong aftershock hit Lombok island on Thursday.

Humanitarian groups say that they are focusing their efforts on reaching these areas which have so far been impassable because of collapsed buildings, roads and other destruction related to Sunday's quake.

It further weakened any buildings still standing on the island in the wake of Sunday's 7.0 quake, and a 6.4 quake on July 29 that killed 16, complicating rescue operations.

Makeshift medical facilities have been set up to treat the injured.

Speaking to The Washington Post by phone en route to a badly-damaged village, he said nearly 80 percent of the buildings and structures, including homes, schools and community facilities, have been destroyed in that area.

He also said they're continuing to look for people with untreated injuries.

The military said five planes carrying food, medicine, blankets, field tents and water tankers left Jakarta for the island early Wednesday.

Indonesia's national disaster agency is insisting the death toll from the Lombok quake still stands at 131 after other government agencies including the military gave much higher figures.

Aid begun trickling into some of the most isolated regions, officials said midday Thursday, but many people displaced by the quake still lack basic supplies.

"I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed". The disaster agency says the higher figures are unverified.

The island is a popular holiday spot and thousands of tourists have now left.

But some evacuees have complained of being ignored or experiencing long delays for supplies to arrive at shelters.

He said: 'People are always saying they need water and tarps'.