Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Death toll in Indonesia quake rises to 164

Death toll in Indonesia quake rises to 164

The governor of the province that includes Lombok where the quake was centered, the military, the national search and rescue agency and regent of North Lombok issued different death tolls that ranged from 226 to 381.

Indonesia's national disaster agency has the official figure at 131 following the 7.0 magnitude quake which struck the north of the island - and also caused fatalities in neighbouring Bali.

Indonesia's disaster agency says the death toll from the quake that shook Lombok island Sunday evening has risen to 131.

Almost 1,500 people have been hospitalized with serious injuries and more than 156,000 have been displaced due to the extensive damage to thousands of homes.

Almost 1,500 people are in hospital with serious injuries and more than 156,000 have been displaced due to the extensive damage to thousands of homes.

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

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.

"I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed".

It said it didn't have the potential to cause a tsunami.

Across much of the island, a popular tourist destination, once-bustling villages have been turned into virtual ghost towns.

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Evacuees in some encampments say they are running out of food, while others are suffering psychological trauma after the powerful quake, which struck just one week after another tremor surged through the island and killed 17.

The Indonesian Red Cross said it had set up 10 mobile clinics in the north of the island.

The military said five planes carrying food, medicine, blankets, field tents and water tankers left Jakarta for the island early Wednesday.

Some evacuees have complained of being ignored or experiencing long delays for supplies to arrive at shelters. "Where should we go if we have no house anymore, nowhere to live?" said the mother of 15- and 9-year-old girls.

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