Another big quake hits Lombok

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The Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a third big natural disaster in little more than a week on Thursday as the official death toll from the most powerful of the quakes topped 300.

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.

The quake caused some buildings to collapse, according to witnesses and Indonesia's meteorology agency.

Aid began reaching isolated areas of the Indonesian island struggling after a powerful natural disaster, while rescuers doubled down on efforts to find the dead, pulling another body from the rubble.

There have been 355 aftershocks since the last quake happened on Sunday, which killed at least 131 people.

And in late July, another 6.4-magnitude quake in Lombok killed 16 people and damaged hundreds of houses. He told the Jakarta Globe that "residents panicked and ran from their shelters" and "several buildings were further damaged".

Aid had begun trickling into some of the most isolated regions by midday Thursday, officials said, but many displaced people still lack basic supplies.

Thursday's quake could be felt on Bali, another popular Indonesian resort island west of Lombok.

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Sunday's quake triggered at least 230 aftershocks, which were expected to continue for the next two weeks.

The death toll for the earthquakes is believed to have topped 300, with the latest 5.8 magnitude quake further damaging buildings and causing panic.

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. Some villages have collapsed entirely.

Other evacuees said they were subsisting on a diet of instant noodles and needed clean water and bedding.

At Tanjung Public Hospital in northern Lombok, its seven ambulances were in heavy use, but one is already out of action due to lack of fuel.

Almost 1500 people have been hospitalised with serious injuries from Sunday's quake and more than 156,000 have been displaced due to the extensive damage to thousands of homes. More than 1,000 schools have been damaged, the organization said.

Aid groups say children are particularly vulnerable, with many sleeping in open fields and suffering illnesses from lack of warm clothing and blankets.

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