Indonesia quake toll climbs to 347, thousands await aid

Death toll jumps to 347 in 6.9 Indonesia earthquake – report

Death toll jumps to 347 in 6.9 Indonesia earthquake – report

According to Indonesia's meteorological agency, Thursday's quake struck at a depth of 12.5 miles, originating several miles northwest of Lombok.

An aerial view of the collapsed Jamiul Jamaah mosque where rescue workers and soldiers search for quake victims in Pemenang, North Lombok, Indonesia on August 8, 2018.

The number of people killed in a powerful quake that rocked the Indonesian Island of Lombok on Sunday has reached 347, the ANTARA news agency reported on Wednesday citing data provided by the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes.

But disaster agency spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement the information from those sources was incomplete and hadn't been cross-checked for duplication. In addition to providing emergency shelter supplies (including tarpaulins and shelter toolkits), the Red Cross will distribute materials for repairing and rebuilding damaged houses and advise on building or rebuilding more safely.

The US Geological Survey measured the quake at magnitude 5.9.

He also said they're continuing to look for people with untreated injuries.

The US Geological survey reported a 5.2-magnitude quake just off the coast of Lombok between the tourist town of Senggigi and the Gili Islands on Monday at 11.50pm.

"It's estimated the death toll will continue to grow because there are still victims who are suspected of being buried by landslides and collapsed buildings and there are deaths that have not been recorded", Nugroho said.

Local authorities, worldwide relief groups and the central government have begun organizing aid, but shattered roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north of Lombok, which bore the brunt of the quake.

Sunarto, who uses one name, said hearing the call to prayer and being observant will help villagers rebuild from the disaster.

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Local authorities, global relief groups and the central government have begun organizing aid, but shattered roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north and east of Lombok, which bore the brunt of the quake.

The country's disaster mitigation agency says the death toll is at least 259, Reuters says.

Before that, another strong quake on July 29 had already shaken Lombok, killing 16 people. Some villages have collapsed entirely. Some people don't need to evacuate because their homes aren't damaged but have come to refugee centres because they feel traumatized.

For residents of Lombok and surrounding islands, many saw their homes destroyed, with the collapse of roofs and walls causing the majority of casualties from the quake. Some 270,000 people are homeless or otherwise displaced.

Dramatic video tweeted by authorities showed hundreds of people, many believed to be foreign vacationers, crammed onto a beach on the island of Gili Trawangan as evacuation measures got underway.

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