Indonesia's Lombok hit by another strong quake

Indonesia's Lombok hit by another strong quake

The Indonesian island of Lombok has been hit by a strong quake, as it still reels from the impact of Sunday's tremor.

At least 130 people were killed in the magnitude 6.9 quake that rocked the country Sunday; Greg Palkot reports. 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.

BNPB's official death toll from Sunday's quake stood at 131 on Wednesday, although some Indonesian officials put the number at 347.

Indonesian authorities are appealing for food, clean water and medical help for the more than 156,000 people forced from their homes and 1,477 severely injured and in need of medical care. He said the death toll is still expected to increase.

Reuters news agency quoted a witness as saying the latest quake sent people onto the streets in panic and caused buildings to collapse. No tsunami warning has been issued.

"We don't know for sure how many people are alive under the rubble", BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told reporters.

It was the strongest of some 355 aftershocks that have rattled the island since Sunday.

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Emergency workers are gradually starting to reach more remote areas of Lombok as they continue their rescue missions.

Most people live in basic housing in small communities.

Tens of thousands of people have been left homeless following Sunday's shake.

The footage of the prayer led by Imam Arafat at the Musholla As-Syuhada Mosque was being broadcast live on Facebook on Sunday night when a magnitude 7.0 quake hit the neighboring Lombok Island.

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

With hospitals and clinics also affected, numerous injured have had to be treated in the open air or in makeshift clinics.

A 6.9 magnitude quake struck the island, a popular destination for foreign tourists, on Sunday evening, killing at least 131 local people and leaving about 150,000 homeless.

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