Facebook apologises after confetti and balloons appear on natural disaster posts

Facebook apologises after confetti and balloons appear on natural disaster posts

The powerful magnitude-6.9 quake that struck the island on Sunday has left tens of thousands of people homeless and tourists stranded in airports.

The death toll following the quake on the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok on Sunday is now at 227, according to the chief of the provincial search and rescue agency.

According to Indonesia's geological agency, Thursday's quake had a magnitude of 6.2 and was shallow, striking at a depth of just 12 kilometres.

Aid began reaching isolated areas of the Indonesian island struggling after a powerful quake, while rescuers doubled down on efforts to find the dead, pulling another body from the rubble.

The strong aftershock, measured at magnitude 5.9 by the US Geological Survey, caused panic, damage to buildings, landslides and injuries.

Lombok was hit by another natural disaster on Thursday, the third in little over a week, causing panic and damage to buildings.

"A lot of people are displaced, and many have migrated to the hilly and mountainous areas because of fear of a tsunami", Red Cross representative Husni Husni said.

The death toll from a powerful natural disaster on the Indonesian island of Lombok rose above 130 on Wednesday, as authorities appealed for food, clean water and medical help for some 156,000 people forced from their homes.

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Lombok was hit by another quake on Thursday, the third in a little over a week, causing panic, injuries and damage to buildings.

The new tremor hit off the north-west coast of Lombok, sending people running into the streets in panic.

Evacuees at a shelter in northern Lombok's Tanjung district ran out onto the road crying and screaming, an AFP reporter at the scene said. At least 40,000 homes were destroyed on Sunday and more than 150,000 people are homeless.

'The building was cracked before, just after the natural disaster last Sunday, but it still operates, sometimes open, sometimes not, ' a witness told local media. "I do hope the government can help", she said.

Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said there are reports of other deaths but they still need to be verified.

Thousands of tourists have been evacuated from Lombok and the Gili Islands.

Aid groups say children are particularly vulnerable, with many sleeping in open fields and suffering illnesses from lack of warm clothing and blankets.

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