Strong quake again hits Indonesia's Lombok island

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A strong natural disaster with a magnitude of 6.2 has hit Indonesia's Lombok island, causing buildings to collapse, according to witnesses and the Southeast Asian nation's meteorology and geophysics agency.

Local authorities, global relief groups and the central government have begun organising aid, but shattered roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north of Lombok, which bore the brunt of the quake.

Thousands of tourists have also left Lombok since Sunday, fearing further earthquakes, some on extra flights provided by airlines and others on ferries to the neighbouring island of Bali.

Another major quake just hit the tourist island of Lombok in Indonesia, just four days after a massive magnitude-6.9 natural disaster struck Lombok island on Sunday evening.

But the spokesman for Indonesia's national disaster agency, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said some areas in the north had still not received any aid.

United States quake monitors said the latest aftershock had a magnitude of 5.9.

A witness said the latest quake sent people into the streets in panic and caused buildings to collapse.

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"People are always saying they need water and tarps", Spokesman Arifin Hadi told the AP about the current rescue efforts.

The government says more than 1400 people were injured and more than 156,000 displaced.

Local authorities, global relief groups and the central government have begun organising aid, but shattered roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north of Lombok, which bore the brunt of the quake.

He estimated 75% of houses are damaged in some villages in east and north Lombok.

Humanitarian groups say that they are focusing their efforts on reaching these areas which have so far been impassable because of collapsed buildings, roads and other destruction related to Sunday's quake.

Muhammad Zainul Majdi, governor of the West Nusa Tenggara region which covers Lombok, said there was a dire need for medical staff, food and medicine in the worst-hit places.

A field hospital has also been established near an evacuation centre catering to more than 500 people in the village of Tanjung. Tens of thousands are now sleeping out in the open or in the ruins of their homes.

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