Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Another strong quake hits Indonesia's Lombok, witnesses say buildings have collapsed

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The US Geological Survey measured the quake at magnitude 5.9. It brought down some buildings.

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.

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.

Almost 2,500 people have been hospitalized with serious injuries and more than 156,000 people are displaced due to the extensive damage to homes. Nugroho said thousands of buildings had been damaged, according to the report.

It was not immediately clear whether the latest tremor was a new quake or the strongest of the hundreds of aftershocks to hit since Sunday.

Indonesia's meteorological agency put the magnitude at 6.2. The authorities have not issued a tsunami warning.

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The national disaster agency has stood by its figure of 131, saying that other numbers were coming from incomplete sources that had not been cross-checked for duplication. The BNPB earlier told Reuters that 131 people had died.

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

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

The Indonesian Red Cross said it was focusing its Lombok quake relief efforts on an estimated 20,000 people in remote areas in the north of the island where aid still has not reached.

Most people live in basic housing in small communities.

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

It further weakened any buildings still standing on the island in the wake of Sunday's 7.0 quake, and a 6.4 quake on July 29 that killed 16, complicating rescue operations.

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