Lombok natural disaster: Powerful tremors rock Indonesia days after 347 die

Lombok natural disaster: Powerful tremors rock Indonesia days after 347 die

A volunteer crawls beneath rubble while soldiers try to find survivors at a collapsed house after quake hit on Sunday in Pemenang, Lombok Island, Indonesia, August 7, 2018.

Even as a second natural disaster has hit Indonesia's Lombok island today, users posting on Facebook after the first fatal quake were shocked to see animated balloons and confetti popping up when sharing their posts.

The 6.2-magnitude quake Thursday hit the northwest coast, where Sunday's 7.0-magnitude temblor had damaged tens of thousands of homes and displaced as many as 270,000 people.

Rescue workers were still digging through rubble and trying to reach survivors of Sunday's natural disaster.

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

Meanwhile, the death toll in Sunday's devastating quake on Indonesia's Lombok Island has risen to 347, the state-run Antara news agency reported.

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

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recorded the latest quake at 5.9, with a depth of 10 km (6 miles).

The series of earthquakes in Lombok island has reduced thousands of houses to rubble and most of the deaths were reportedly caused by collapsing buildings.

I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed.

The island was still recovering after two other recent earthquakes when the tremor happened.

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho classified it as an aftershock.

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Damage to building after 6.2 quake hits Lombok, Indonesia, Thursday, August 9, 2018. This data, Sutopo said, will be the official data and verification is important as the basis for disbursing public money for aid.

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

He said victims can be counted several times because of the common practice of people in Indonesia using several names and noted that families of victims are entitled to financial compensation from the government when a death is confirmed. "Most of them do not want to stay indoors during treatment or after an operation".

'People are always saying they need water and tarps, ' he said, adding they were also looking for people with untreated injuries.

Aid groups say children are particularly vulnerable, with many sleeping in open fields and suffering illnesses from lack of warm clothing and blankets.

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