Fresh quake hits Lombok, fells buildings

The Gili islands is located just off the coast of Lombok

Indonesian disaster relief authorities are trying to find food, potable water, and medical care for the 1,477 people severely injured and the 156,000 forced to evacuate their homes due to the disaster.

The Indonesian island of Lombok has been hit by a strong tremor, as the search continues for victims of Sunday's natural disaster.

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

Indonesia's geological agency said the quake Thursday afternoon had a magnitude of 6.2 and was shallow, at a depth of 12 kilometers, centred in the northwest of the island.

Aid agencies say the number is likely to increase dramatically as they gain access to the worst-hit parts of the island.

Authorities and worldwide relief groups have begun organising aid, but badly damaged roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north of Lombok, which bore the brunt of the quake.

Officials said the quake's epicentre was on land and so there was no risk of a tsunami.

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"I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed".

Reuters news agency quoted a witness as saying the latest quake sent people onto the streets in panic and caused buildings to collapse.

The island was still recovering after two other recent earthquakes when the tremor happened. The disaster agency says the higher figures are unverified.

Thousands of tourists have left Lombok since Sunday fearing further earthquakes.

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

Still, government assistance was barely a trickle in the west Lombok village of Kekait where Zulas Triani, an elementary school teacher who was sharing a tent with 30 others, said they had received only a basket with three noodle packets, five eggs and a small ration of water.

Kurniawan Eko Wibowo, a doctor at the field hospital, said most patients had broken bones and head injuries. Tens of thousands are now sleeping out in the open or in the ruins of their homes.

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