Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Lombok hit by 5.9 magnitude tremor days after deadly earthquake

Lombok hit by 5.9 magnitude tremor days after deadly earthquake

Houses damaged by an quake are seen in North Lombok, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018.

Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, said the latest figures before the third quake suggested 319 people had died. Some buildings were damaged further because of this quake, ' Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency (BNPB), said.

Indonesia's national disaster agency is insisting the death toll from the Lombok quake still stands at 131 after other government agencies including the military gave much higher figures.

An interagency meeting will be held Thursday to compare information, Nugroho said.

Volunteers and rescue personnel were erecting more temporary shelters for the over 80,000 people left homeless on Lombok by the magnitude 7.0 quake on Sunday evening.

The Head of State has also instructed his subordinates to make sure that supplies of logistics, particularly food, medicines, drinking water, blankets, emergency tents and baby food are adequate. The Indonesian Red Cross said Thursday that an estimated 20,000 people in remote areas of the island are still without aid.

Sunday's quake forced thousands of families to flee their homes.

He said they had later found and treated 40 people with broken bones, cuts and bruises.

"My house was flattened". "I know stay in the evacuation spot", she said. "I'm very anxious, we need help here".

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I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed.

Sunday's quake came only days after a slightly smaller one, which killed at least 16 people.

Thousands of people have been sleeping in makeshift shelters or out in the open.

Authorities said they feared the mosque - now reduced to a pile of concrete and metal bars, its towering green dome folded in on itself - had been filled with worshippers.

Shivaya Reo, mother of Natalie Jameson, says her daughter and fiancee had finally made it to safety in Bali.

Almost a week since the 7.0 quake, Lombok is still reeling but glimmers of normality were returning for some and devout villagers are making plans for temporary replacements of mosques that were flattened.

A strong aftershock has shaken the Indonesian island of Lombok where tens of thousands of people are homeless after a powerful natural disaster on Sunday.

Like its famous neighbor Bali, Lombok is known for beaches, mountains and a lush interior.

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