Another strong quake hits Indonesia's Lombok, witnesses say buildings have collapsed

Gili islands The three tiny islands are located just off the coast of Lombok

Gili islands The three tiny islands are located just off the coast of Lombok

Many buildings still standing on the island have been weakened.

"There are still some evacuees that have not yet been touched by aid, especially in North Lombok and West Lombok", Nugroho tweeted Thursday.

The death toll from Monday's 6.9 magnitude natural disaster on the Indonesian island of Lombok has risen dramatically overnight to 347, with state-run news agency Antara issuing the new figure. Panicked residents fled into the streets, witnesses said.

Indonesia's geological agency said the quake on Thursday afternoon had a magnitude of 6.2 and was shallow, at a depth of 12 kilometres, centred in the north-west of the island.

But other government agencies are putting out conflicting information that suggests the actual figure could rise to as many as 381, while local media has reported 347 people have been killed.

Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho: "Evacuees and people ran out of houses when they felt the strong shake of the 6.2 magnitude quake".

However, he has also said several times that the number of deaths would increase.

Tens of thousands of people have been left homeless on the island. Water, food and medical supplies were being distributed from trucks.

A green and yellow dome rested on the pile of rubble, the only part of the structure still intact.

It's the third big quake to hit Lombok in little over a week.

Authorities said all the tourists who wanted to be evacuated from three outlying vacation islands due to power blackouts and damage to hotels had left by boat, some 5,000 people in all.

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

"We have no clean water, so if we want to go to the toilet we use a small river nearby", he said, adding they needed food, bedding and medicine. More than 120,000 Indonesians were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, which led to a total death toll of 226,000 people in 13 countries.

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