Indonesia natural disaster death toll almost triples to 347

The Gili islands is located just off the coast of Lombok

Another major natural disaster hit the tourist island of Lombok in Indonesia, days after a massive magnitude-6.9 quake on Sunday evening killed more than 300 people.

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 said about three-quarters of Lombok's rural north had been without electricity since Sunday, although power had since been restored in most areas before the aftershock.

Most of the displaced are sleeping under tents or tarpaulins near their ruined homes or in evacuation shelters that are short of food, clean water and medical help.

The death toll from Monday's 6.9 magnitude quake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has risen dramatically overnight to 347, with state-run news agency Antara issuing the new figure. It struck northwest of Lombok, which is close to Bali, but the agency said it would not cause a tsunami.

A powerful 5.9-magnitude aftershock has struck Indonesia's Lombok Island just four days after a 6.9-magnitude quake.

More than 120 people died in Kayangan as a result of the quake, according to the state-run Antara news agency.

Many people on the island have been using Facebook's Safety Check feature - launched in 2014 - which allows users to notify their friends and relatives that they are safe after disasters.

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"Today, we managed to find one dead victim buried under the rubble of a building in Sigar Penjalin village".

Thousands of tourists have also left Lombok since Sunday, fearing further earthquakes, some on extra flights provided by airlines and others on ferries to the neighbouring island of Bali.

He says, "People are always saying they need water and tarps".

The Indonesian Red Cross said it had set up 10 mobile clinics in the north of the island.

"We lack the infrastructure to perform operations because (they) need to be performed in a sterile place", Wibowo told AFP.

"More than 3000 people have been evacuated in three days".

One aid agency, Yayasan Plan International Indonesia, has warned that thousands of children have been left homeless, forced to sleep in open fields without warm clothing or blankets.

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