Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Powerful tremor hits Indonesia days after quake kills 350

Powerful tremor hits Indonesia days after quake kills 350

The number of confirmed deaths from a strong quake that hit the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday has risen to 259 and would rise as more victims are found in the rubble, the disaster mitigation agency said.

A strong aftershock has shaken the Indonesian island of Lombok, causing the collapse of several buildings.

Houses damaged by an natural disaster are seen in North Lombok, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. A devastating natural disaster on Sunday killed hundreds, and a strong aftershock on Thursday caused panic among evacuees.

The latest aftershock, which had a magnitude of 5.9, according to the US Geological Survey, caused fresh panic and damage on the island.

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 said they were also looking for people with untreated injuries.

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 workers are trying to help the thousands of people who have been left homeless and without clean water, food, medicine or shelter.

South Korean news agency Yonhap reported 42,239 buildings had either collapsed or been badly damaged, and 156,000 people are without shelter.

Motorcycles parked on the street in northern Lombok's Tanjung district toppled over and the walls of some nearby buildings collapsed.

Almost 2,500 people have been hospitalized with serious injuries and more than 156,000 people are displaced due to the extensive damage to homes.

A total of 164 people have been confirmed killed in Sunday's quake, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told AFP, with a further 1,400 seriously injured and more than 150,000 displaced.

The island was still recovering after two other recent earthquakes when the tremor happened. "I know stay in the evacuation spot", she said.

Wiranto uses one name like many Indonesians.

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

Aid groups say children are particularly vulnerable, with many sleeping in open fields and suffering illnesses from lack of warm clothing and blankets.

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