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Evarado Alatorre
Agosto 9, 2018

A strong natural disaster with a magnitude of 6.2 hit the Indonesian island of Lombok island on Thursday, causing some buildings to collapse, according to witnesses and the Southeast Asian nation's meteorology and geophysics agency.

The latest aftershock, which had a magnitude of 5.9, according to the US Geological Survey, caused fresh panic and damage on the island.

Reuters witnesses reporting on the aftermath of last Sunday's quake in the north of the island said people ran out onto roads in panic and some buildings collapsed.

Almost 1,500 people are in hospital with serious injuries and more than 156,000 have been displaced due to the extensive damage to thousands of homes.

However, he said Thursday the "death toll has jumped significantly", without providing further details.

The earlier earthquakes also left cracks in walls and roofs, making the weakened buildings susceptible to collapse.

Makeshift medical facilities have been set up to treat the injured.

"People are always saying they need water and tarps", Spokesman Arifin Hadi told the AP about the current rescue efforts.

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Almost 1500 people have been hospitalised with serious injuries from Sunday's quake and more than 156,000 have been displaced due to the extensive damage to thousands of homes.

Rescuers intensified efforts Wednesday to find those buried in the rubble, with volunteers and rescue personnel erecting temporary shelters for the tens of thousands left homeless on the southern island.

Rescue team members prepare to find people trapped inside a mosque after an natural disaster hit on Sunday in Pemenang, Lombok Island, Indonesia, on August 8, 2018.

But Mr Sutopo said some areas in the north had still not received any aid.

Most people live in basic housing in small communities.

He estimated 75 percent of houses are damaged in some villages in east and north Lombok. More than 1,000 schools have been damaged, the organization said.

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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