Terrified Tourists Flee Gili Islands After Lombok Earthquake

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The official death toll from Sunday's quake stands at 131 for Sunday's quake, although some Indonesian officials put the number at 347.

The US Geological survey reported a 5.2-magnitude quake just off the coast of Lombok between the tourist town of Senggigi and the Gili Islands on Monday at 11.50pm.

Lombok is a roughly 4500 sq km island east of the slightly larger island of Bali.

Indonesia's geological agency said the quake on Thursday afternoon had a magnitude of 6.2 and was shallow, at a depth of 12 kilometres, centred in the north-west of the island.

The death toll from the Lombok natural disaster has risen dramatically to 347, the government-run news agency Antara has said.

Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho: "Evacuees and people ran out of houses when they felt the strong shake of the 6.2 magnitude quake".

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.

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Water, which has been in short supply due to a prolonged dry spell on the island, as well as food and medical supplies were being distributed from trucks.

The military said five planes carrying food, medicine, blankets, field tents and water tankers left Jakarta for the island early Wednesday.

Volunteers and rescue personnel have erected more temporary shelters for the tens of thousands left homeless on the island.

Most people live in basic housing in small communities.

Rescuers have found three bodies and also managed to pull one man alive from the twisted wreckage of one mosque in Lading Lading village, while at least one body has been spotted under the rubble in Pemenang.

Thousands of people have been sleeping in makeshift shelters or out in the open. More than 120,000 Indonesians were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, which led to a total death toll of 226,000 people in 13 countries.

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