New quake rocks Indonesia, toll in previous one reaches 259

Gili islands The three tiny islands are located just off the coast of Lombok

Gili islands The three tiny islands are located just off the coast of Lombok

Lombok was hit by another quake on Thursday, the third in a little over a week, causing panic, injuries and damage to buildings.

Aid began reaching isolated areas of the Indonesian island struggling after a powerful natural disaster that killed more than 130 people as rescuers intensified efforts Wednesday to find those buried in the rubble.

President Jokowi has said he would leave for Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), to visit the victims of the Lombok quake next week. No tsunami warning has been issued following the quake, which was also felt in nearby Bali.

Reuters witnesses reporting on the aftermath of last Sunday's quake in the north of the island said people ran out onto roads in panic and some buildings collapsed. "There have been 355 aftershocks since Sunday", national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

Mr Sutopo classified it as an aftershock.

Emergency workers are gradually starting to reach more remote areas of Lombok as they continue their rescue missions.

Most people live in basic housing in small communities.

Tens of thousands of homes, businesses and mosques were levelled by the quake, which struck on Sunday.

A largely agrarian-based province, tourism has always been a major cash earner for the Lombok economy, proving particularly popular with those wanting to escape the commercialism, excesses, and rising prices of Bali.

Rosemarie North, a Red Cross nurse in Lombok, told Larry Williams that she has gone through villages where most of the houses are rubble.

Makeshift medical facilities have been set up to treat the injured.

" 'It was overwhelming, ' Andoni's 35-year-old brother-in-law, Ilham, said of the chaotic aftermath of Sunday's magnitude 7.0 quake on the island of Lombok". There are growing concerns that the important tourism industry will be badly hit at what should be a busy time.

Across much of the island, a popular tourist destination, once-bustling villages have been turned into virtual ghost towns.

Because of the magnitude of the quake, a number of telecommunication infrastructure in Lombok damaged, but the damage did not affect the network and range of Net1 Indonesia 4G LTE. A road near Mount Rinjani, an active volcano, has been badly damaged.

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