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Indonesia natural disaster: Third strong quake hits tourist island of Lombok

10 August 2018

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said that at least 131 people were killed in Sunday's quake, but other agencies say the death toll has risen to more than 300.

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

The numbers have increased as reports came in from areas isolated by the 6.9 magnitude quake, which struck off the waters of the northern part of Lombok island.

BMKG's natural disaster and Tsunami Center had recorded 362 aftershocks after Sunday's quake.

USA natural disaster monitors said the latest aftershock had a magnitude of 5.9. "Some buildings were damaged further because of this".

"A lot of people are displaced, and many have migrated to the hilly and mountainous areas because of fear of a tsunami", Red Cross representative Husni Husni said.

A man inspects the ruins of houses at a village affected by Sunday's quake in Kayangan, Lombok Island, Indonesia.

Two deaths have been confirmed as the result of the latest tremor, after it brought down an elderly couple's home while they were still inside.

Many frightened villagers are staying under tents or tarpaulins dotted along roads or in parched rice fields.

Witnesses said people ran into the roads in a panic and some buildings collapsed.

Some villages had "completely collapsed", said a Red Cross official in Lombok, Christopher Rassi.

Tens of thousands of homes, businesses and mosques were levelled by the quake, which struck on Sunday as evening prayers were being said across the Muslim-majority island.

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement the information from the other government bodies remained unconfirmed. Some villages have collapsed entirely.

Authorities said all the tourists who wanted to be evacuated from three outlying vacation islands due to power blackouts and damage to hotels had left by boat, some 5,000 people in all.

Wiranto uses one name like many Indonesians. But there was nobody in her destroyed village to get her the help she needed. "Overnight the children are cold, they don't have blankets or proper clothing to keep warm", said Hana Yulia, an emergency response worker from the group now in Lombok.

Indonesia natural disaster: Third strong quake hits tourist island of Lombok