Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Indonesia Earthquake Death Toll Rises To 164, At Least 1400 Injured

Indonesia Earthquake Death Toll Rises To 164, At Least 1400 Injured

A strong aftershock struck Indonesia's Lombok on Thursday, causing panic among evacuees sheltering after a devastating natural disaster killed more than 160 on the holiday island four days earlier.

A resident shows a photo of missing victims believed to be trapped inside a collapsed building, as rescue workers continue searching after Sunday's quake in Pemenang, North Lombok, Indonesia on August 8, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.

There are fears that a humanitarian crisis is looming as thousands are in desperate need of clean water, food, medicine and shelter. "Some buildings were damaged further because of this quake", Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency (BNPB), said on Twitter.

Last week, 17 people were killed when a 6.4-magnitude natural disaster hit Lombok.

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Reuters has reported collapsed buildings and widespread damage, likely compounding fresh damage from quakes which have already devastated the island this month.

"We are still waiting for assessments from some of the more remote areas in the north of the island, but it is already clear that Sunday's quake was exceptionally destructive", Christopher Rassi, the head of the assessment team for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said in a statement.

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Wiranto, Indonesia's top security minister, told reporters the death toll from Sunday's magnitude 7.0 quake had risen to 319.

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Workers with heavy machinery are searching the rubble of homes, schools and mosques, with hope of finding any survivors fading.

"I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed", he said. He says the agency has sent 20 water trucks to five remote areas, including one village of about 1,200 households.

Sunday's quake came only days after a slightly smaller one, which killed at least 16 people. He also says they're continuing to look for people with untreated injuries.

Authorities said all the tourists who wanted to be evacuated from three outlying vacation islands due to power blackouts and damage to hotels had left by boat, some 5,000 people in all.

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