Indonesia Earthquake Death Toll Tops 200 Amid Another Strong Aftershock

The Gili islands is located just off the coast of Lombok

The Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a third big natural disaster in little more than a week Thursday as the official death toll from an earlier quake topped 300.

Buildings still standing on the island have been weakened after Sunday's 6.9 quake that killed at least 131 people and a 6.4 quake on July 29 that killed 16.

According to Indonesia's geological agency, Thursday's quake had a magnitude of 6.2 and was shallow, striking at a depth of just 12 kilometres.

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.

Humanitarian groups say that they are focusing their efforts on reaching these areas which have so far been impassable because of collapsed buildings, roads and other destruction related to Sunday's quake.

Aid began reaching isolated areas of the Indonesian island struggling after a powerful natural disaster, while rescuers doubled down on efforts to find the dead, pulling another body from the rubble.

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"We have no clean water, so if we want to go to the toilet we use a small river nearby", he said, adding they needed food, bedding and medicine.

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

Nguroho said in statement that the death toll will continue to rise because rescue workers are still finding victims in the ruins of collapsed buildings and some people who are already buried are not yet included in the official toll. More than 1,000 schools have been damaged, the organization said.

Authorities are still searching through the rubble left behind on Lombok Island, still hoping to find survivors.

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

Kurniawan Eko Wibowo, a doctor at the field hospital, said most patients had broken bones and head injuries. Thousands of people have been sleeping in makeshift shelters or out in the open.

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