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Aftershock rocks Lombok in Indonesia as death toll rises

11 August 2018, 03:56 | Erica Roy

Policemen stand by as rescuers search for survivors at a mosque in Lombok Island Indonesia

Death toll jumps to 347 in 6.9 Indonesia earthquake – report

The Indonesian island of Lombok has been hit by a strong tremor, as the search continues for victims of Sunday's natural disaster.

The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake Sunday levelled tens of thousands of homes, mosques and businesses across Lombok, with relief agencies only just starting to reach survivors in some of the worst-hit areas four days later.

A fresh natural disaster measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale rocked Indonesia's Lombok island on Thursday, August 9, pushing the death toll up to 319.

The US Geological Survey said the quake, felt on the nearby holiday island of Bali, measured 5.9 on the Richter scale.

Lombok experienced another quake on Thursday, an aftershock of magnitude 5.9.

This caring action is part of Net1 Indonesia's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to relieve the burden of victims affected by the Lombok quake, which killed 113 people, injured 236 people and thousands others homeless caused of severe damage.

The Indonesian Red Cross says it's focusing its Lombok natural disaster relief efforts on an estimated 20,000 people in remote areas in the north of the island where aid still has not reached. The natural disaster felt very strong in Mataram, a city on Lombok's west coast, Susanto said. The BNPB, however, said the verified death toll stood at 164 as of Wednesday.

Officials said that the toll in the earlier tremor was expected to go higher as rescue workers were still digging through rubble and trying to get aid to survivors, the BBC reported.

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

The military said it sent five planes carrying food, medicine, blankets, field tents and water tankers.

The island was still recovering after two other recent earthquakes when the tremor happened. He also said they're continuing to look for people with untreated injuries.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross said Tuesday all of the 2,000 tourists on the Gili Islands had now been evacuated.

He says, "People are always saying they need water and tarps".

Indonesia, located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, is an area of great seismic and volcanic activity, and is shaking each year by some 7,000 telluric movements of varying intensity.

In December 2004, a massive magnitude 9.1 quake off Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

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