Indonesia quake death toll almost triples to 347

Death toll jumps to 347 in 6.9 Indonesia earthquake – report

The governor of the province that includes Lombok where the quake was centred, the military, the national search and rescue agency and regent of North Lombok all issued different death tolls for Sunday's natural disaster that ranged from 226 to 381.

Officials said the epicenter of the aftershock was on land and so there was no risk of a tsunami.

Rescue team members prepare to find people trapped inside a mosque after an quake hit on Sunday in Pemenang, Lombok Island, Indonesia, on August 8, 2018.

Officials have said that the death toll will likely rise as rescuers continue to sift through the rubble.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster agency, tweeted videos on Thursday showing what appeared to be new damage to buildings and power lines.

Thousands of tourists visiting Lombok - as well as the nearby Gili Islands and Bali - have been evacuated or have chosen to leave since the weekend.

As the aid effort stepped up, volunteers and rescue personnel erected more temporary shelters for the tens of thousands left homeless on Lombok by the magnitude 7.0 quake. At least 40,000 homes were destroyed on Sunday and more than 150,000 people are homeless.

Survivors of the quake have also been shaken by hundreds of aftershocks, including a shallow 5.9-magnitude quake Thursday which caused people to flee evacuation shelters crying and screaming.

"I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed", he added, while other teams in East and North Lombok had reported villages where 75% of homes were damaged.

There are fears that two collapsed mosques in north Lombok had been filled with worshippers.

"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", Mr Rassi said.

Aid groups say children are particularly vulnerable, with many sleeping in open fields and suffering illnesses from lack of warm clothing and blankets. More than 1,000 schools have been damaged, the organization said.

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