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Indonesia quake toll touches 131 hundreds injured 1.5 Lac homeless

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Volunteers and rescue personnel were erecting more temporary shelters for the tens of thousands of people left homeless on Lombok by the magnitude 7.0 quake on Sunday evening.

Officials said that almost 8,400 tourists and resort workers had been evacuated from the three Gili islands off the northwest coast of Lombok, where two people died, emptying out a destination popular for its white beaches and turquoise waters. More than half the homes in some districts had been destroyed, according to Indonesian authorities.

Rescuers resumed their search for survivors‚ and started the recovery of bodies in the rubble of houses‚ mosques and schools after the most recent quake.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton was dining at a restaurant on the 12th floor of a Lombok hotel when the quake struck. "And I think it probably revived more quickly than people thought", he said.

"We extend our sympathy in this moment of pains to the people and the government of Indonesia, we wish you strength and fortitude at this hour of pains", he said.

More than 1,000 tourists were being evacuated from Indonesia's tiny Gili islands.

"We were sitting there having dinner at about 7 o'clock last night, we just felt a really big sort of shaking and the lights went off and everyone just ran", Australian tourist Kim Liebelt said as he waited with other travelers for a flight out at Lombok's worldwide airport.

After the initial natural disaster, further aftershocks - including one just 1km off the coast of the island - caused further destruction, toppling buildings and causing injuries and deaths.

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Aid organisations, already on Lombok after last week's quake, said they were stepping up their humanitarian efforts. The warning was lifted after only small waves were recorded.

Aid agencies including Oxfam, the Red Cross and Save the Children, working with local partner agencies, say they are scrambling to get sufficient aid to those most in need. "The locals were screaming and shouting and we had no idea as to what was going on".

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Nugroho said so far more than 4,600 foreign and Indonesian tourists had been evacuated from the islands, with ships taking people to ports in Lombok and Benoa, Bali.

Like its famous neighbor Bali, Lombok is known for beaches, mountains and a lush interior.

"We live in uncertainty every single day, but we also know how lucky we are to be granted borrowed time and we don't want to waste one single second", wrote Montgomery-Lay on the blog's home page. Hotels and other buildings in both locations are not allowed to exceed the height of coconut trees. In 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia. "Came out, and made my way down a staircase, while building was still shaking. But people out in the villages or elsewhere haven't been so lucky, unfortunately". "Our family and maybe 10 others", she said.

Yet the quakes - and scenes of panicked visitors jostling for places on craft evacuating Gili Trawangan - could set development back years.

It had taken at least an hour to free her from underneath the wall, he said, with the help of relatives.

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