Third strong earthquake shakes Lombok as death toll tops 300

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

The latest quake was felt strongly on the island and followed a 7.0 magnitude quake on Sunday that killed at least 131 people.

Officials said the quake's epicentre was on land and so there was no risk of a tsunami.

A resident shows a photo of missing victims believed to be trapped inside a collapsed building, as rescue workers continue searching after Sunday's natural disaster in Pemenang, North Lombok, Indonesia on August 8, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.


Authorities are gathering information from family members with missing relatives to determine how many more people may have been in the buildings when they collapsed, national search and rescue agency spokesman Yusuf Latif told AFP.

Officials said about three-quarters of Lombok's rural north had been without electricity since Sunday, although power had since been restored in most areas.

Speaking to The Washington Post by phone en route to a badly-damaged village, he said nearly 80 percent of the buildings and structures, including homes, schools and community facilities, have been destroyed in that area.

A humanitarian crisis is also looming in Lombok, where thousands have been left homeless and in desperate need of clean water, food, medicine and shelter.


He also said they're continuing to look for people with untreated injuries. Some villages have collapsed entirely.

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

The island was still recovering after two other recent earthquakes when the tremor happened.

Wiranto, who goes by one name, said the government will develop a plan to rebuild communities on Lombok, which like its more famous neighbor Bali is a popular tourist destination with powder white beaches, mountains and a lush interior. Local government agencies and rescue agencies have issued different estimates, which one agency said could be as high as 381. Thousands of people have been sleeping in makeshift shelters or out in the open.


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