Lombok quake: Death toll rises to 259 amid rescue efforts

Death toll jumps to 347 in 6.9 Indonesia earthquake – report

Policemen stand by as rescuers search for survivors at a mosque in Lombok Island Indonesia

A series of earthquakes shook that Southeast Asian nation and some regions of Lombok, an island approximately 4,700 square kilometers, entire towns and villages were reduced to rubble.

The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake Sunday levelled tens of thousands of homes, mosques and businesses across Lombok, with relief agencies only just starting to reach survivors in some of the worst-hit areas four days later.

A foreign tourist stands near damaged buldings as he tries to flag down a vehicle following a strong quake in Pemenang, North Lombok, Indonesia on August 6, 2018.

Indonesia's Chief Security Minister had earlier said 319 people had died, while local media reported figures as high as 347.

The BNPB says during an emergency situation such differences in number are common; however, the official number should be from the BNPB and its West Nusa Tenggara Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD).

Abdul Hakim, a 48-year-old welder in Tanjung, a hard-hit village, said his home was damaged by Sunday's quake and he had been sleeping outdoors with his family in a makeshift tent since then.

"Many patients here have broken bones and we handle it as much as possible because the hospital is damaged, impossible to do surgery and treat patients with severe injuries", she said.

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Officials have said that the death toll will likely rise as rescuers continue to sift through the rubble.

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The powerful 6.9-magnitude quake that struck the island of Lombok has left more than 130 people dead and displaced thousands.

The death toll from a huge 6.9 magnitude natural disaster in Indonesia's Lombok island has climbed to more than 320, officials said on Friday, even as relief efforts picked up the pace.

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement that information being provided by different agencies needs to be complete before it can be cross-checked and officially verified. I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed. Some 270,000 people are homeless or otherwise displaced.

The quakes have prompted tourists to flee during what is otherwise the peak season for the island destination famous for its beaches. "They want to be treated outdoors", he said, adding that search and rescue work was still ongoing.

The Sunday quake occurred a week after another 6.4-magnitude tremor struck Lombok and left 16 people dead, 355 injured and 1,500 buildings destroyed. Crews using heavy equipment to search a collapsed mosque in northern Lombok found three bodies but also managed to pull one man alive from the twisted wreckage.

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