Lombok natural disaster: Powerful tremors rock Indonesia days after 347 die

A military paramedic wraps bandages around a boy's head

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The powerful natural disaster struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, killing a number of people and shaking neighboring Bali, as authorities on Monday said thousands of houses were damaged and the death toll could climb.

Facebook users writing the Indonesian word "selamat"-which roughly translates to "unhurt" or "survive"- when referring to the 7.0-magnitude natural disaster reported seeing confetti and balloons when they were writing messages of sympathy to their friends and family on social media".

TRT World spoke to Jack Hewson who is following the updates from capital, Jakarta.

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. "I don't think people will choose Lombok anymore this summer".

Witnesses saw in the provincial capital Mataram people injured by the tremor and a hospital moved patients outside.

According to Indonesia's national disaster agency, the death toll from Sunday's quake stood at 131 as of Wednesday, but local media are reporting figures as high as 381.

The announcement came after an inter-agency meeting was called to resolve wildly different figures from different agencies. "The electricity was off, but it went back on, I grabbed my kid then ran out to save us from the rubble".

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.

Villagers and relatives prayed outside a tent where the girl's body lay inside covered in a white cloth. But there was nobody in her destroyed village to get her the help she needed. "Children were running out from the building in panic and she was stepped on by her friends", he said.

The most powerful one struck on Sunday in the northern region of Lombok with a magnitude of 7.0 which has left tens of thousands homeless and 227 dead, rescuers told the Associated Press (AP).

"Access is tough, because the quake [on Sunday] was so strong and paralyzed a lot of buildings", said Husni, a spokesman for the International Federation of the Red Cross who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

Other evacuees said they were subsisting on a diet of instant noodles and needed clean water and bedding.

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