Aftershock rocks Lombok in Indonesia as death toll rises

  • Aftershock rocks Lombok in Indonesia as death toll rises

Aftershock rocks Lombok in Indonesia as death toll rises

The death toll from Monday's 6.9 magnitude quake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has risen dramatically overnight to 347, with state-run news agency Antara issuing the new figure.

Indonesia's geological agency said the quake was shallow, at a depth of 12km, centred in the northeast of the island.

The Indonesian Red Cross says it's focusing its Lombok quake relief efforts on an estimated 20,000 people in remote areas in the north of the island where aid still has not reached.

At least 130 people were killed in the magnitude 6.9 natural disaster that rocked the country Sunday; Greg Palkot reports.

And in late July, another 6.4-magnitude natural disaster in Lombok killed 16 people and damaged hundreds of houses.

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.

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.

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

Many frightened villagers are staying under tents or tarpaulins dotted along roads or in parched rice fields, and makeshift medical facilities have been set up to treat the injured.

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

The powerful 6.9-magnitude quake that struck the island of Lombok has left more than 130 people dead and displaced thousands.

The government says more than 1,400 people were injured and more than 156,000 displaced.

"I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed".

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

He said victims can be counted several times because of the common practice of people in Indonesia using several names and noted that families of victims are entitled to financial compensation from the government when a death is confirmed.

Thousands of tourists visiting Lombok - as well as the nearby Gili Islands and Bali - have been evacuated or have chosen to leave since the weekend. But there was nobody in her destroyed village to get her the help she needed.