Aftershock jolts Indonesia's Lombok as death toll jumps to 259

10 August, 2018, 09:30 | Author: Wade Massey
  • The Gili islands is located just off the coast of Lombok

A strong aftershock hit Indonesia's Lombok island on Thursday. four days after it was struck by a deadly quake of magnitude 6-point-9.

This is the terrifying moment a shaking building suddenly collapses in Lombok after the Indonesian island was rocked by its third major quake in just 12 days.

"We are still waiting for assessments from some of the more remote areas in the north of the island, but it is already clear that Sunday's quake was exceptionally destructive", Christopher Rassi, the head of the assessment team for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said in a statement.

A humanitarian crisis is also looming in Lombok, where thousands have been left homeless and in desperate need of clean water, food, medicine and shelter.

Detik.com reported Thursday the magnitude-6.9 quake that occurred Sunday has resulted in the deaths of 281 people, and 1,033 injured, citing government sources in West Nusa Tenggara, a province of Indonesia. It struck northwest of Lombok, which is close to Bali, but the agency said it would not cause a tsunami.

This most recent aftershock happened on Thursday and had a magnitude of 5.9.

The latest quake, which is understood to have struck 20 minutes before the building fell to the ground, claimed at least six fresh casualties and sent the death toll to more than 320.

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Reporting from Lombok, 7 News Melbourne's Joey Catanzaro said carparks have been turned in emergency rooms as hospitals continue to be flooded with injured people.

Many frightened villagers are staying under tents or tarpaulins dotted along roads or in parched rice fields.

Many Indonesian speakers took to Facebook either to tell friends and family that they were safe or to enquire about others.

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

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

Rescuers have found three bodies and also managed to pull one man alive from the twisted wreckage of the mosque, reduced to a pile of concrete and metal bars, with its towering green dome folded in on itself.

He said: "People are always saying they need water and tarps". Some villages have collapsed entirely.

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