Indonesia quake: Lombok rocked by third tremor in a week

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A man inspects the ruin of his house destroyed by an natural disaster in North Lombok, Indonesia, Thursday.

Estimates of the death toll is wide ranging.

Kan Hyeong-woo has the latest.

The death toll from a devastating quake on the Indonesian island of Lombok jumped to 319 Thursday, as strong aftershocks triggered panic among traumatized survivors waiting for aid in the worst-hit regions.

It said it didn't have the potential to cause a tsunami.

The Singaporean had just gone back to Lombok on Wednesday night to help with relief efforts when a third natural disaster yesterday sparked panic again in the Indonesian island already hit by two devastating quakes on July 29 and Aug 5.

Sunday's quake also sent some 2,500 people to hospital with serious injuries and drove more than 156,000 people from their homes.

The death toll is unclear but still climbing.

Kan Hyeong-woo, Arirang News.

Journalists reporting on the aftermath of the fatal quake saw people running into the streets in panic.

The death toll from the Lombok quake has risen dramatically to 347, the government-run news agency Antara has said. "The grandson tried to help the grandmother to get out but he pushed too hard", she said.

The new tremor hit off the north-west coast of Lombok, sending people running into the streets in panic.

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.

Many buildings still standing on the island have been weakened.

Indonesia's chief security minister had earlier said 319 people had died, while local media have reported figures as high as 347.

Most people live in basic housing in small communities.

But her story underscores the challenges facing this devastated region: "Four days after the natural disaster killed hundreds of people and displaced 270,000 more, injured survivors in remote areas cut off by landslides and broken bridges are still emerging from the ruined countryside, struggling to reach the doctors they desperately need".

One aid agency, Yayasan Plan International Indonesia, has warned that thousands of children have been left homeless, forced to sleep in open fields without warm clothing or blankets.

Lying on the fault lines in the Pacific Basin, Indonesia is a hotspot for earthquakes.

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