Death toll jumps to 347 in 6.9 Indonesia natural disaster

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A strong aftershock has struck Indonesia's Lombok island, just four days after a devastating natural disaster killed more than 345 people and left thousands homeless.

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

The death toll from the Lombok quake has risen dramatically to 347, the government-run news agency Antara has said.

Indonesian soldiers unload relief aid for quake victims from a plane at an airbase in Mataram, Lombok, Indonesia August 9, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.

The footage of the prayer led by Imam Arafat at the Musholla As-Syuhada Mosque was being broadcast live on Facebook on Sunday night when a magnitude 7.0 quake hit the neighboring Lombok Island.

The official death toll from Sunday's quake stands at 131 for Sunday's quake, although some Indonesian officials put the number at 347.

The quake caused Lombok residents, who have been staying in shelters following Sunday's mangnitude-7 quake, to panic and rush out of their tents, KompasTV reported.

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Authorities are gathering information from family members with missing relatives to determine how many more people may have been in the buildings when they collapsed, national search and rescue agency spokesman Yusuf Latif told AFP. He says the agency has sent 20 water trucks to five remote areas, including one village of about 1,200 households.

He said: "People are always saying they need water and tarps". "I do hope the government can help", she said.

Thousands of people have been sleeping in makeshift shelters or out in the open.

A woman's body was recovered from the rubble of a collapsed mosque on Wednesday morning in Bangsal district in the north of the island.

The quake was the second in a week to hit Lombok.

And in late July, another 6.4-magnitude natural disaster in Lombok killed 16 people and damaged hundreds of houses. More than 120,000 Indonesians were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, which led to a total death toll of 226,000 people in 13 countries.

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