Aftershock rocks Lombok in Indonesia as death toll rises

Another major quake hit the tourist island of Lombok in Indonesia, days after a massive magnitude-6.9 natural disaster on Sunday evening killed more than 300 people.

A man inspects the ruins of houses at a village affected by Sunday's quake in Kayangan, Lombok Island, Indonesia.

Dozens were killed in a 6.4 magnitude quake that struck Lombok on July 29.

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

It was centered in the northwest of the island and didn't have the potential to cause a tsunami, Indonesia's geological agency said.

The new tremor hit off the north-west coast of Lombok, sending people running into the streets in panic.

Sunday's quake also sent some 2,500 people to hospital with serious injuries and drove more than 156,000 people from their homes.

Rescue efforts have intensified to find people buried in rubble following the quake that shook Indonesia's Lombok island.

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BNPB's toll of verified deaths from Sunday's 6.9 magnitude quake was raised on Thursday to 259 from 131.

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

Still, government assistance was barely a trickle in the west Lombok village of Kekait where Zulas Triani, an elementary school teacher who was sharing a tent with 30 others, said they had received only a basket with three noodle packets, five eggs and a small ration of water.

There are fears that two collapsed mosques in north Lombok had been filled with worshippers.

The death toll of Sunday's quake now stands at 319 but is likely to rise, according to Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

But Mr Sutopo said some areas in the north had still not received any aid.

Some evacuees have complained of being ignored or experiencing long delays for supplies to arrive at shelters.

One aid agency, Yayasan Plan International Indonesia, has warned that thousands of children have been left homeless, forced to sleep in open fields without warm clothing or blankets.

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