Fresh quake hits Lombok, fells buildings

Death toll jumps to 347 in 6.9 Indonesia earthquake – report

Death toll jumps to 347 in 6.9 Indonesia earthquake – report

The death toll from a huge 6.9-magnitude quake in Indonesia's Lombok island has climbed to over 320, officials said on Friday (Aug 10) even as relief efforts picked up pace.

The powerful magnitude-6.9 quake that struck the island on Sunday has left tens of thousands of people homeless and tourists stranded in airports.

According to Indonesia's meteorological agency, Thursday's quake struck at a depth of 12.5 miles, originating several miles northwest of Lombok.

The number forced from their homes in the disaster has soared to 270,000, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said, with around 1,000 people severely injured.

Rescue workers look for survivors of Sunday's natural disaster on the Indonesian island of Lombok.

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

Buildings still standing on the island have been weakened after Sunday's 7.0 quake, as well as a 6.4 quake on July 29 that killed 16.

He also said they're continuing to look for people with untreated injuries.

"I do hope the government can help", she said.

The damage from the three consecutive quakes is apparently severe, with nearly 15-hundred injured and more than 150-thousand displaced.

Many frightened villagers are staying under tents or tarpaulins dotted along roads or in parched rice fields.

In Kopang Daya village in the hard-hit Tanjung district of north Lombok, a distraught family was burying their 13-year-old daughter who was struck by a collapsing wall and then trampled when the quake Sunday caused a stampede at her Islamic boarding school.

He said after Thursday's aftershock: "Residents panicked and ran from their shelters".

Aid had begun trickling into some of the most isolated regions by midday Thursday, officials said, but many displaced people still lack basic supplies.

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.

Rescue workers are still digging through rubble and trying to get aid to survivors of the earlier, larger quake. "They're too weak to get here on their own, so we need to go to them".

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