Aftershock rocks Lombok in Indonesia as death toll rises

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A strong aftershock struck Indonesia's Lombok on Thursday, causing panic among evacuees sheltering after a devastating quake killed more than 160 on the holiday island four days earlier.

Another natural disaster has struck the Indonesian island of Lombok as the community battles to recover from Sunday's quake.

A 6.9 magnitude quake struck the island, a popular destination for foreign tourists, on Sunday evening, killing at least 131 local people and leaving about 150,000 homeless.

The earlier earthquakes also left cracks in walls and roofs, making the weakened buildings susceptible to collapse.

Authorities on the island have urgently appealed for medicine, food and clean water for some 156,000 people who have been displaced by the disaster.

Indonesia's geological agency said the quake was shallow, at a depth of 12km, centred in the northeast of the island.

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

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

He also said they're continuing to look for people with untreated injuries.

Grieving relatives were burying their dead and medics tended to people whose broken limbs hadn't yet been treated in the days since Sunday's quake. That number is set to rise as more victims are found in the rubble and pulled from collapsed buildings.

Some evacuees have complained of being ignored or experiencing long delays for supplies to arrive at shelters. "Some paramedics have to be at the shelters, some need to be mobile", Majdi said.

He said: "People are always saying they need water and tarps".

"We still have supplies for the next few days, but I'm not sure about after that", Billa Rabbani, a spokeswoman from the Peduli Anak orphanage, told AFP.

Aid groups say children are particularly vulnerable, with many sleeping in open fields and suffering illnesses from lack of warm clothing and blankets. More than 1,000 schools have been damaged, the organization said.

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