Lombok quake: Strong aftershock amid rescue efforts

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Witnesses have reported buildings collapsing in the latest series of tremors to hit the island - following Sunday's fatal quake in Lombok.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recorded the latest quake at 5.9, with a depth of 10 km (6 miles).

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.

Videos showed rubble strewn across streets and clouds of dust enveloping buildings.

However, he said Thursday the "death toll has jumped significantly", without providing further details.

"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 natural disaster was exceptionally destructive", Mr Rassi said.

Makeshift medical facilities have been set up to treat the injured.

"Evacuees and people ran out of houses when they felt the strong shake of the 6.2 magnitude quake", Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency (BNPB), said on Twitter.

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.

Wiranto, Indonesia's top security minister, told reporters the death toll from Sunday's magnitude 7.0 quake had risen to 319.

This video shows hundreds of people being evacuated from the Gili Islands, an archipelago near northwest Lombok, on Monday, August 6, after the natural disaster.

"Our latest update is that 319 people died", said Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, adding that rescue efforts were ongoing and complicated by aftershocks.

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

A field hospital has also been established near an evacuation centre catering to more than 500 people in the village of Tanjung.

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