Lombok hit by 5.9 magnitude tremor days after deadly quake

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The death toll from a devastating quake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has risen above 160, an official said on Thursday, as authorities urgently appealed for medicine, food and clean water for some 156,000 people displaced by the disaster. That number is expected to rise.

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

Relief efforts had yet to reach parts of the island even before Thursday's aftershock, Indonesian authorities said, with hopes fading of finding further survivors among the wreckage.

A witness said the latest quake sent people into the streets in panic and caused buildings to collapse.

It's the third big quake to hit Lombok in little over a week.

Officials said the quake's epicentre was on land and so there was no risk of a tsunami.

He also says they're continuing to look for people with untreated injuries.

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

Authorities have said the death toll, 105 as of Tuesday evening, would increase as the search effort continues.

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

Some evacuees have complained of being ignored or experiencing long delays for supplies to arrive at shelters.

The Indonesian Red Cross said it had set up 10 mobile clinics in the north of the island. "Where should we go if we have no house anymore, nowhere to live?" said the mother of 15- and 9-year-old girls.

"We lack the infrastructure to perform operations because (they) need to be performed in a sterile place", Wibowo told AFP.

Thousands of people have been sleeping in makeshift shelters or out in the open.

There is a dire need for medical staff and "long-term aid", especially food and medicine in the worst-hit areas, government officials said.

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