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

Dozens killed in Indonesia earthquake

Dozens killed in Indonesia earthquake

Detik.com reported Thursday the magnitude-6.9 quake that occurred Sunday has resulted in the deaths of 281 people, and 1,033 injured, citing government sources in West Nusa Tenggara, a province of Indonesia.

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement that information being provided by different agencies needs to be complete before it can be cross-checked and officially verified.

Many buildings still standing on the island have been weakened.

Tens of thousands of homes, businesses and mosques were levelled by the quake, which struck on Sunday.

The first quake, a 6.9 magnitude event, killed almost 350 people, according to Indonesian state media.

Rescue team members prepare to find people trapped inside a mosque after an quake hit on Sunday in Pemenang, Lombok Island, Indonesia, on August 8, 2018.

Indonesia's chief security minister had earlier said 319 people had died, while local media have reported figures as high as 347.

Spokesman Arifin Hadi said people need clean water and tarpaulins most of all.

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

New quake strikes Lombok island
Authorities are still searching through the rubble left behind on Lombok Island, still hoping to find survivors. A witness told Reuters the aftershock sent people into the streets in panic and caused buildings to collapse.

Gusti Lanang Wisnuwandana, an official with the Mataram Search and Relief Office, told Antara that medical and rescue workers were struggling to deal with survivors terrified of being indoors after the quake. That number is set to rise as more victims are found in the rubble and pulled from collapsed buildings.

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.

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

Thousands of tourists have left Lombok since Sunday, fearing further earthquakes, some on extra flights provided by airlines and others on ferries to the neighbouring island of Bali.

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".

"Then the side pillar cracked and snapped, like a lumberjack breaking wood with his bare hands", said Mr Tahar, describing to The New Paper yesterday how part of the building had collapsed.

Restaurant and hotel owners, as well as the Association of Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies, told Reuters that tour cancellations had surged in what is usually one of the busiest months of the year.

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