Death toll after Lombok quake rises to 259


Another powerful natural disaster has rocked Indonesia, adding further destruction to the already-ruined Lombok island.

The Indonesian Red Cross said Thursday that an estimated 20,000 people in remote areas of the island are still without aid.

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

Indonesian government rescue agencies were continuing to tally the number of deaths from Sunday's quake, which the National Disaster Mitigation Agency puts at 164.

Officials said the death toll had now risen to 319 and tens of thousands of people are homeless.

Speaking to The Washington Post by phone en route to a badly-damaged village, he said nearly 80 percent of the buildings and structures, including homes, schools and community facilities, have been destroyed in that area.

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. Some villages have collapsed entirely.

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Buildings that collapsed in the chaos has left many people without their homes, and others were sent panicking into the street.

Wiranto said the government will develop a plan to rebuild communities on Lombok, which like its more famous neighbour Bali is a popular tourist destination with powder-white beaches, mountains and a lush interior.

The island was still recovering after two other recent earthquakes when the tremor happened.

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

"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.

Many have also evacuated from the area in fears that yet another natural disaster could strike the city.

Kurniawan Eko Wibowo, a doctor at the field hospital, said most patients had broken bones and head injuries.