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Indonesia's Lombok hit by another strong quake

Indonesia's Lombok hit by another strong quake

The national disaster agency stood by its latest death toll of 131 from Sunday's quake despite other government agencies including the military reporting much higher figures.

The government-run Antara news agency has put the toll at 347.

He has said several times that the number of deaths will increase.

Local authorities, global relief groups and the central government have begun organising aid, but shattered roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north of Lombok, which bore the brunt of the quake.

The quake struck as evening prayers were being said across the Muslim-majority island and there are fears that one collapsed mosque in north Lombok had been filled with worshippers.

But the spokesman for Indonesia's national disaster agency, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said some areas in the north had still not received any aid.

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

More than 345 people are now reported to have died in the wake of the 7.0-magnitude quake which struck the island of Lombok last week, and many have taken to social media to show their support or reach out to friends and family. Search and rescue teams have been working to access those in the worst-affected areas, close to the epicentre in northern Lombok. Water, food and medical supplies were being distributed from trucks.

The military said it sent five planes carrying food, medicine, blankets, field tents and water tankers.

Foreign tourists carry their belongings on the beach as they leave Gili Trawangan island after an natural disaster hit Lombok island in Pamenang, Indonesia August 6, 2018.

A woman's body was recovered from the rubble of a collapsed mosque on Wednesday morning in Bangsal district in the north of the island.

The quake, which struck on Sunday evening near the neighbouring island of Lombok, killed scores of people and injured many more.

Hotels and other buildings in both locations are not allowed to exceed the height of coconut trees.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes.