Indonesia's Lombok hit by another strong quake

British holidaymakers have told of panic and confusion as they waited to be evacuated from Gili

British holidaymakers have told of panic and confusion as they waited to be evacuated from Gili

An Indonesian man examines the remains of houses, after a 6.4 magnitude natural disaster struck, in Lombok on 29 July, 2018.

The 5.9-magnitude quake on Thursday struck at a shallow depth in the northwest of the island, the US Geological Survey said, even as relief agencies raced to find survivors among wreckage from Sunday's quake.

The numbers have increased as reports came in from areas isolated by the 6.9 magnitude quake, which struck off the waters of the northern part of Lombok island.

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

The US Geological survey reported a 5.2-magnitude quake just off the coast of Lombok between the tourist town of Senggigi and the Gili Islands on Monday at 11.50pm.

People ran into the streets and buildings were damaged.

Damaging aftershocks continue in Indonesia days after a powerful quake hit the island of Lombak, as the country struggles to care for the injured and displaced and the death toll rises into the hundreds.

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The death toll from a devastating quake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has risen above 160, an official said on Thursday, as authorities urgently appealed for medicine, food and clean water for some 156,000 people displaced by the disaster.

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.

More than 120 people died in Kayangan as a result of the quake, according to the state-run Antara news agency. Some villages have collapsed entirely.

The updated figure was announced shortly after a strong aftershock shook the island, where tens of thousands of people have been left homeless.

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.

Many Indonesian speakers took to Facebook either to tell friends and family that they were safe or to enquire about others. "The grandson tried to help the grandmother to get out but he pushed too hard", she said. More than 1,000 schools have been damaged, the organization said. "Overnight the children are cold, they don't have blankets or proper clothing to keep warm", said Hana Yulia, an emergency response worker from the group now in Lombok.

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