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Lombok quake death toll 321, expected to rise

Last update: 10/08/2018

A man walks past the debris of a house which has collapsed during Sunday's 7-magnitude earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia, 09 August 2018. The death toll from an earthquake that hit Indonesia's Lombok island on the weekend has risen to 319, the country's security minister said on Thursday. Photo: Donal Husni/ZUMA Wire/dpa
By Mohd Shukri Ishak

JAKARTA, Aug 10 (Bernama) -- The death toll from the earthquake that rocked Lombok Island last Sunday has risen to 321 and is expected to climb further as the search-and-rescue operation continues, according to authorities.

The Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said the 7.0-magnitude quake, an aftershock, destroyed over 67,000 houses, 468 schools, three hospitals and 10 health centres, 15 mosques and 20 buildings.

“Reports of more deaths are being verified. The damage to property so far is estimated at two trillion rupiah (about  RM563 million),” said the head of the BNPB Information Data and Public Relations Centre,  Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, in a statement Friday.

He said the operation to help the quake victims was restricted by the numerous aftershocks.

“More than 300 aftershocks of lower magnitude were recorded following the aftershock on Sunday. On Thursday, an aftershock of 6.2 magnitude rocked northern Lombok. The aftershocks are preventing rescuers from distributing food, medicine and other items to certain areas,” he said.....


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