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Patty Aguilar | 10 August, 2018, 09:28

A strong natural disaster with a magnitude of 6.2 hit Indonesia's Lombok island on Thursday (Aug 9), causing some buildings to collapse, according to witnesses and the Southeast Asian nation's meteorology and geophysics agency.

The number of confirmed deaths from an quake that hit the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday has risen to 259 and would rise as more victims are found in the rubble, the disaster mitigation agency said.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said that at least 131 people were killed in Sunday's quake, but other agencies say the death toll has risen to more than 300.

The death toll of Sunday's quake now stands at 319 but is likely to rise, according to Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

A 5.9-magnitude quake aftershock struck at a shallow depth in the northwest of Lombok Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, even as relief agencies raced to find survivors among the wreckage from Sunday's quake. Some buildings were damaged further because of this quake, ' Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency (BNPB), said.

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South Korean news agency Yonhap reported 42,239 buildings had either collapsed or been badly damaged, and 156,000 people are without shelter.

Thousands of tourists visiting Lombok - as well as the nearby Gili Islands and Bali - have been evacuated or have chosen to leave since the weekend. Many Indonesian speakers wrote messages on Facebook using the word "selamat" - which can mean "safe" but also "congratulations" - triggering celebratory animations. "Some paramedics have to be at the shelters, some need to be mobile", Majdi said.

"People are always saying they need water and tarps", Spokesman Arifin Hadi told the AP about the current rescue efforts. That number is set to rise as more victims are found in the rubble and pulled from collapsed buildings.

A field hospital has also been established near an evacuation centre catering to more than 500 people in the village of Tanjung.

"I'm still in pain from giving birth", she told AFP. More than 1,000 schools have been damaged, the organization said. Some villages have collapsed entirely.

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