Published: Thu, August 09, 2018

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An interagency meeting will be held Thursday to compare information, Nugroho said.

Sunday's quake came only days after a slightly smaller one, which killed at least 16 people.

Rescue efforts have intensified to find people buried in rubble following the quake that shook Indonesia's Lombok island, amid conflicting reports that the death toll had risen to 347.

The Indonesian military said that three Hercules transporter planes packed with food, medication, blankets, tents and water tanks had arrived in Lombok.

Officials and organisations including the military, the governor of the province that includes Lombok, the national search and rescue agency and the regent of North Lombok have issued different death tolls, ranging from 226 to 381.

Almost 1,500 people are in hospital with serious injuries and more than 156,000 have been displaced due to the extensive damage to thousands of homes.

"My house was flattened".

"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.


Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said there are reports of other deaths but they still need to be verified.

With hospitals and clinics also affected, numerous injured have had to be treated in the open air or in makeshift clinics.

At a collapsed mosque in Bangsal district, emergency workers in orange uniforms removed a woman's body from the ruins on today.

Authorities on the island have urgently appealed for medicine, food and clean water for some 156,000 people who have been displaced by the disaster.

Shivaya Reo, mother of Natalie Jameson, says her daughter and fiancee had finally made it to safety in Bali.

This video shows hundreds of people being evacuated from the Gili Islands, an archipelago near northwest Lombok, on Monday, August 6, after the quake.

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

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it lies on the Ring of Fire - the line of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific rim.

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