Death toll in Indonesia quake rises to 164

Frederick Owens
August 9, 2018

A Reuters witness said the latest quake sent people into the streets in panic and caused buildings to collapse.

The number of confirmed deaths from an quake that hit the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday has risen to 259 and would rise as more victims are found in the rubble, the disaster mitigation agency said.

It said it didn't have the potential to cause a tsunami.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at magnitude 5.9.

An aerial view of the collapsed Jamiul Jamaah mosque where rescue workers and soldiers search for quake victims in Pemenang, North Lombok, Indonesia on August 8, 2018.

The number of confirmed deaths from a strong quake that hit then island of Lombok on Sunday has risen to 259 and would rise as more victims are found in the rubble, the disaster mitigation agency said.

"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.

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

"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.

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'She was praying when the natural disaster happened, ' said her uncle Tarna, who gave a single name.

However, he has also said several times that the number of deaths would increase.

Journalists reporting on the aftermath of the fatal quake saw people running into the streets in panic. "She was trying to get out, but she got hit by a wall and fell down".

Both seismic events struck in Lombok's north, a more residential and less developed part of the island than the resort-filled south.

Aid had begun trickling into some of the most isolated regions by midday Thursday, officials said, but many displaced people still lack basic supplies.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the 'Ring of Fire, ' an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

At least 130 people were killed in the magnitude 6.9 natural disaster that rocked the country Sunday; Greg Palkot reports.

The military said five planes carrying food, medicine, blankets, field tents and water tankers left Jakarta for the island early Wednesday.

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