Indonesia earthquake: Third strong quake hits tourist island of Lombok

British holidaymakers have told of panic and confusion as they waited to be evacuated from Gili

British holidaymakers have told of panic and confusion as they waited to be evacuated from Gili

The aftershock follows a series of quakes which have hit Indonesia over the past two weeks.

Another major natural disaster just hit the tourist island of Lombok in Indonesia, just four days after a massive magnitude-6.9 quake struck Lombok island on Sunday evening.

The quake caused some buildings to collapse, according to witnesses and Indonesia's meteorology agency.

"We were stuck in the traffic while delivering aid, suddenly it felt like our vehicle was hit from behind, it was so strong", witness Sri Laksmi told AFP.

"We were stuck in traffic while delivering aid, suddenly it felt like our vehicle was hit from behind, it was so strong", witness Sri Laksmi told AFP.

An Associated Press reporter in the provincial capital, Mataram, saw people injured by the quake and a hospital moving patients outside.

Thousands have been left homeless and in desperate need of clean water, food, medicine and shelter in Lombok.

Until Tuesday (8/8), aftershocks still occurred after the natural disaster with a magnitude of 7 hit Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara, on Sunday (5/8).

Almost three-quarters of residential structures in North Lombok had been destroyed, Sutopo Nugroho, the agency's spokesperson, said.

He estimated 75 per cent of houses are damaged in some villages in east and north Lombok. I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed.

Another 1447 people have been injured and 165,003 displaced. That number is set to rise as more victims are found in the rubble and pulled from collapsed buildings.

The quakes have prompted tourists to flee during what is otherwise the peak season for the island destination famous for its beaches.

Many people on the island have been using Facebook's Safety Check feature - launched in 2014 - which allows users to notify their friends and relatives that they are safe after disasters.

Nearly 390,000 people, about 10 per cent of Lombok's population, are homeless or displaced after the quake, which damaged and destroyed about 68,000 homes.

BNPB spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said there has been 355 aftershocks following Sunday's quake.

But some evacuees have complained of being ignored or experiencing long delays for supplies to arrive at shelters. Doctors at another Lombok hospital had to amputate it.

"There has been no help at all here", said 36-year-old Multazam, staying with hundreds of others under tarpaulins on a dry paddy field outside West Pemenang village. He also said that search and rescue operations were ongoing but things weren't as smooth and they would like as the aftershocks added to the woes. "Overnight the children are cold, they don't have blankets or proper clothing to keep warm", said Hana Yulia, an emergency response worker from the group now in Lombok.

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