Official death toll still 131 in Indonesia quake

  • Official death toll still 131 in Indonesia quake

Official death toll still 131 in Indonesia quake

Meanwhile the death toll from the powerful quake continues to rise, with 347 people now reported dead, according to CNN.

He has said several times that the number of deaths will increase.

Both seismic events struck in Lombok's north, a more residential and less developed part of the island than the resort-filled south.

At least 347 people have been confirmed dead after a 6.9-magnitude natural disaster struck off the coast of Indonesia, according to local media, citing an emergency official.

The death toll from the Lombok quake has risen dramatically to 347, the government-run news agency Antara has said.

The latest quake on Thursday was felt strongly on the island and followed a 6.9 quake on Sunday that killed at least 131 people and damaged thousands of houses.

Water, which has been in short supply due to a prolonged dry spell on the island, as well as food and medical supplies were being distributed from trucks.

The Indonesian military said that three Hercules transporter planes packed with food, medication, blankets, tents and water tanks had arrived in Lombok.

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

Officials and organisations including the military, the governor of the province that includes Lombok, the national search and rescue agency and the regent of North Lombok have issued different death tolls, ranging from 226 to 381.

The devastating natural disaster on the Indonesian island of Lombok was "exceptionally destructive" and wiped out entire villages in the worst-hit regions, relief agencies warned as the death toll jumped to more than 160 on Thursday.

A field hospital has also been established near an evacuation centre catering to more than 500 people in the village of Tanjung.

Authorities are still searching through the rubble left behind on Lombok Island, still hoping to find survivors.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it lies on the Ring of Fire - the line of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific rim.