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Third natural disaster rocks Indonesia's Lombok in under two weeks

10 August 2018

Indonesia's national disaster agency has the official figure at 131 following the 7.0 magnitude quake which struck the north of the island - and also caused fatalities in neighbouring Bali.

The USGS said the latest quake had a magnitude of 5.9 - there are reports it brought down some buildings.

BMKG's natural disaster and Tsunami Center had recorded 362 aftershocks after Sunday's quake.

The death toll from a powerful quake 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.

An interagency meeting will be held Thursday to compare information, Nugroho said.

Authorities made announcements over loudspeakers at evacuation sites, urging people to remain calm and stay inside tents or find open space if they were inside or near buildings.

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He estimated 75% of houses are damaged in some villages in east and north Lombok.

The magnitude-6.2 tembor followed a 6.9 quake on Sunday that killed at least 131 people, damaged thousands of houses, and left 156,000 people homeless.

The quake was the second in a week to hit Lombok.

According to witnesses on the ground, the latest tremor has caused further buildings to collapse.

The island was still recovering after two other recent earthquakes when the tremor happened.

Thousands of tourists visiting Lombok - as well as the nearby Gili Islands and Bali - have been evacuated or have chosen to leave since the weekend.

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Muhammad Zainul Majdi, the governor of West Nusa Tenggara province, said there was a critical need for medical staff, food and medicine, according to Ireland's RTE. Many Indonesian speakers wrote messages on Facebook using the word "selamat" - which can mean "safe" but also "congratulations" - triggering celebratory animations.

But some evacuees have complained of being ignored or experiencing long delays for supplies to arrive at shelters.

Other evacuees said they were subsisting on a diet of instant noodles and needed clean water and bedding.

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

"I'm still in pain from giving birth", she told AFP.

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Third natural disaster rocks Indonesia's Lombok in under two weeks