08 Aug '18, 8am

Death toll in Lombok quake hits 131, more than 156,000 displaced

MATARAM, Indonesia: The death toll from a shallow 6.9-magnitude earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has risen above 130, officials said Wednesday (Aug 8), with about 156,000 forced from their homes. The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake killed at least 131 people and triggered panic among locals and tourists on Lombok on Sunday, just a week after another tremor surged through the holiday island, which has a population of about 3.1 million, and killed 17. Advertisement Around 1,477 people have been severely injured in the latest quake, with tens of thousands of homes damaged, and authorities have appealed for more medical personnel and basic supplies. "The efforts to evacuate people have been intensified but there are still a lot of problems on the ground," national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said Wednesday. A man salvages valuable items from the rub...

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