Third strong earthquake shakes Lombok as death toll tops 220

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A 5.9 magnitude natural disaster hit the Indonesian island of Lombok Thursday, according to the United States Geological Survey, an area already struggling to recover from a massive quake that hit Sunday.

Rescue team members prepare to find people trapped inside a mosque after an quake hit on Sunday in Pemenang, Lombok Island, Indonesia, on August 8, 2018.

A 6.9 magnitude quake struck the island, a popular destination for foreign tourists, on Sunday evening, killing at least 131 local people and leaving about 150,000 homeless.

A foreign tourist stands near damaged buldings as he tries to flag down a auto following a strong quake in Pemenang, North Lombok, Indonesia on August 6, 2018.

Indonesia's geological agency said the quake Thursday afternoon had a magnitude of 6.2 and was shallow, at a depth of 12 kilometers, centred in the northwest of the island.

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

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

The aftershock had caused more "trauma", said national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

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Rescue workers were still digging through rubble and trying to reach survivors of Sunday's quake.

"I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed", he said, while other teams in East and North Lombok had reported villages where 75 percent of homes were damaged.

Many buildings still standing on the island have been weakened.

Aid agencies say the number is likely to increase dramatically as they gain access to the worst-hit parts of the island.

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

The Indonesian Red Cross said it had set up 10 mobile clinics in the north of the island.

Kurniawan Eko Wibowo, a doctor at the field hospital, said most patients had broken bones and head injuries.

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