Aftershock rocks Lombok in Indonesia as death toll rises

Aftershock rocks Lombok in Indonesia as death toll rises

A man inspects the ruins of houses at a village affected by Sunday's quake in Kayangan, Lombok Island, Indonesia.

Spokesman Arifin Hadi says the tens of thousands people left homeless by Sunday's magnitude 7.0 quake need clean water and tarpaulins most of all. Some buildings were damaged further because of this quake, ' Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency (BNPB), said.

It said it didn't have the potential to cause a tsunami.

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.

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

Since the 6.9 quake on Sunday, at least 340 aftershocks have been felt across the island including in neighbouring Bali.

Nugroho said thousands of buildings had been damaged, according to the report.

Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team look for victim of the recent quake in Tanjung on Lombok island on August 9, 2018.

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Authorities have said the death toll, 105 as of Tuesday evening, would increase as the search effort continues.

'She was praying when the natural disaster happened, ' said her uncle Tarna, who gave a single name.

"Her son managed to get out from the house when the quake hit but the grandmother and grandson were left behind", said a relative Nani Wijayanti.

He said victims can be counted several times because of the common practice of people in Indonesia using several names and noted that families of victims are entitled to financial compensation from the government when a death is confirmed. "The grandson tried to help the grandmother to get out but he pushed too hard", she said.

A July 29 quake on Lombok killed 16 people.

Meanwhile, the evacuation of thousands of tourists from the Gili Islands - three tiny, coral-fringed tropical islands off the northwest coast of Lombok - has finished, officials said.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes as it is situated in the "Ring of Fire", an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where many tremors and volcanic eruptions occur. An estimated 230,000 people died after a magnitude 9.1 natural disaster triggered a tsunami off the coast of Sumatra in December 2004. More than 1,000 schools have been damaged, the organization said. "Who will rebuild and how much money and how long it takes".

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