Another strong quake hits Indonesia's Lombok, witnesses say buildings have collapsed

Another strong quake hits Indonesia's Lombok, witnesses say buildings have collapsed

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

Indonesia's geological agency said the latest big tremor had a magnitude of 6-point-2 and occured at a depth of 12 kilometers.

Three different death tolls for the Lombok quake on August 5 surfaced on Thursday, but the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) says the office is verifying them to avoid duplicate records.

Rescue teams search for victims in the rubble caused by an quake at a mosque in North Lombok, Indonesia.

South Korean news agency Yonhap reported 42,239 buildings had either collapsed or been badly damaged, and 156,000 people are without shelter.

On Indonesia's earthquake-devastated Lombok island, people are reeling as they mourn more than 300 dead and sleep in makeshift shelters, but foremost in the minds of some is rebuilding the collapsed mosques that were the heart of their communities.

Many people on the island have been using Facebook's Safety Check feature - launched in 2014 - which allows users to notify their friends and relatives that they are safe after disasters.

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.

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

People ride motorcycles along a street next to collapsed shops after an quake in Pemenang, Lombok island, Indonesia, August 2018. Almost 500 schools were damaged and more than 270,000 people were made homeless or otherwise displaced.

BNPB spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said there has been 355 aftershocks following Sunday's quake.

Rescue workers are still digging through rubble and trying to get aid to survivors of the earlier, larger quake.

Tens of thousands of people have been left homeless on the island.

Meanwhile, the evacuation of tourists from the Gili Islands - three tiny, coral-fringed tropical islands off the northwest coast of Lombok - has finished, officials said.

'She was praying when the natural disaster happened, ' said her uncle Tarna, who gave a single name.

"We lack the infrastructure to perform operations because (they) need to be performed in a sterile place", Wibowo told AFP. Doctors at another Lombok hospital had to amputate it.

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