Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Indonesia quake death toll jumps to 347

Indonesia quake death toll jumps to 347

At least 347 people have been confirmed dead after a 6.9-magnitude natural disaster struck off the coast of Indonesia, according to local media, citing an emergency official.

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

Local authorities, global relief groups and the central government have begun organising aid, but shattered roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north and east of Lombok, which bore the brunt of the quake.

He said his agency is "still verifying the correctness of the data".

The national disaster agency said all those numbers were likely to increase, as more information comes in and more victims are found.

Another strong quake with a magnitude of 6.2 has hit Indonesia's Lombok island, causing some buildings to collapse, according to witnesses and the South-East Asian nation's meteorology and geophysics agency.

Meanwhile the death toll from the powerful quake continues to rise, with 347 people now reported dead, according to CNN.

The US Geological Survey measured the quake at magnitude 5.9.

This version corrects the spelling of the spokesman's name.

"A lot of people are displaced, and many have migrated to the hilly and mountainous areas because of fear of a tsunami".

The natural disaster killed more than 100 people in Lombok and injured hundreds of others, leaving thousands of locals homeless and tourists stranded. Water, food and medical supplies were being distributed from trucks.

The military said it sent five planes carrying food, medicine, blankets, field tents and water tankers.

At a collapsed mosque in Bangsal district, emergency workers in orange uniforms removed a woman's body from the ruins on today.

Cleanup and rescue efforts are still continuing on the island, following the previous quakes.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it lies on the Ring of Fire - the line of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific rim.

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