A magnitude 6.2 quake rocked Indonesia's Lombok on Thursday, with witnesses reporting collapsed buildings, the latest in a series of tremors on the tropical tourist island that have killed more than 150 people in the past two weeks.
Authorities and global relief groups have begun organizing aid, but badly damaged roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north of Lombok, which bore the brunt of the quake.
The death toll following the natural disaster on the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok on Sunday is now at 227, according to the chief of the provincial search and rescue agency.
Rescuers intensified efforts Wednesday to find those buried in the rubble, with volunteers and rescue personnel erecting temporary shelters for the tens of thousands left homeless on the southern island.
Indonesia has been rocked anew by an natural disaster with a magnitude of 5.9, according to the United States Geological Survey.
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He says, "People are always saying they need water and tarps".
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.
Rescuers search Karang Pangsor mosque after the quake last weekend.
Rescue efforts have intensified to find people buried in rubble following the quake that shook Indonesia's Lombok island.
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He said the agency has sent 20 water trucks to five remote areas, including one village of about 1,200 households.
"Our latest update is that 319 people died", said Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, adding that rescue efforts were ongoing and complicated by aftershocks.
The announcement came after an inter-agency meeting was called to resolve wildly different figures from different agencies.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said that at least 131 people were killed in Sunday's quake, but other agencies say the death toll has risen to more than 300.
They are both popular tourist destinations but are located close to the Ring of Fire which is regularly hit by earthquakes.
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