Aftershocks rock Indonesia's Lombok as death toll tops 300

Death toll jumps to 347 in 6.9 Indonesia earthquake – report

Death toll jumps to 347 in 6.9 Indonesia earthquake – report

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

The Indonesian island of Lombok has been hit by a strong tremor, as the search continues for victims of Sunday's natural disaster.

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has ordered search and rescue personnel to prioritize search operations for people who have gone missing following a 7 magnitude quake that hit Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), on August 5, 2018.

Most of the displaced are sleeping under tents or tarpaulins near their ruined homes or in evacuation shelters that are short of food, clean water and medical help.

The 5.9-magnitude quake struck at a shallow depth in the northwest of the island, the US Geological Survey said.

"Many patients here have broken bones and we handle it as much as possible because the hospital is damaged, impossible to do surgery and treat patients with severe injuries", she said.

The death toll from the 6.9-magnitude quake has risen to 347, and is expected to be higher once all the bodies can be counted, according to the state-run Antara news agency.

The quake struck as evening prayers were being said across the Muslim-majority island and there are fears that one collapsed mosque in north Lombok had been filled with worshippers.

In total, an estimated 20,000 people have been displaced by the massive natural disaster.

The number of confirmed deaths from Sunday's horror quake has risen to 259. Search-and-rescue efforts already face difficulties.

Thursday's quake could be felt on Bali, another popular Indonesian resort island west of Lombok.

Relief teams, deployed after Sunday's natural disaster, have not yet managed to reach some sites on the island near the epicenter due to the access difficulties, Security Minister Wiranto said, quoted by The Jakarta Post.

"I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed", he said.

"People are always saying they need water and tarps", he said.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it lies on the Ring of Fire - the line of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific rim.

The magnitude-6.2 natural disaster followed Sunday's magnitude-6.9 tremor, which came a week after a magnitude-6.4 quake killed at least 17.

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