Third strong quake shakes Lombok as death toll tops 300

Evarado Alatorre
Agosto 9, 2018

It's the third tremor to hit Lombok in the space of two weeks.

Thousands of buildings have been damaged by Sunday's natural disaster which has left 156,000 people homeless.

The Indonesian Red Cross said it had set up 10 mobile clinics in the north of the island.

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.

Indonesia's geological agency said the quake was shallow, at a depth of 12km, centred in the northeast of the island.

Another natural disaster has struck the Indonesian island of Lombok as the community battles to recover from Sunday's quake.

Panicked residents fled into the streets, witnesses said.

Evacuees in some encampments say they are running out of food, while others are suffering psychological trauma after the powerful quake, which struck just one week after another tremor surged through the island and killed 17.

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Emergency workers are continuing to dig through rubble and are gradually starting to reach more remote areas of the large island.

The national disaster agency has stood by its latest death toll of 131 from Sunday's quake despite other government agencies including the military reporting much higher figures. He says the agency has sent 20 water trucks to five remote areas, including one village of about 1,200 households.

However, he has also said several times that the number of deaths would increase.

He said his agency is "still verifying the correctness of the data".

At least 40,000 homes were destroyed on Sunday and more than 150,000 people are homeless.

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.

Kurniawan Eko Wibowo, a doctor at the field hospital, said most patients had broken bones and head injuries.

Wiranto said the government will develop a plan to rebuild communities on Lombok, which like its more famous neighbour Bali is a popular tourist destination with powder-white beaches, mountains and a lush interior.

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