Indonesia Earthquake Death Toll Tops 200 Amid Another Strong Aftershock

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It's the third tremor to hit Lombok in the space of two weeks.

Officials said the epicenter of the aftershock was on land and so there was no risk of a tsunami.

Another major natural disaster just hit the tourist island of Lombok in Indonesia, just four days after a massive magnitude-6.9 quake struck Lombok island on Sunday evening.

"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 new tremor hit off the north-west coast of Lombok, sending people running into the streets in panic.

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He has said several times that the number of deaths will increase.

Speaking to The Washington Post by phone en route to a badly-damaged village, he said nearly 80 percent of the buildings and structures, including homes, schools and community facilities, have been destroyed in that area.

Thousands of tourists visiting Lombok - as well as the nearby Gili Islands and Bali - have been evacuated or have chosen to leave since the weekend.

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".

It further weakened any buildings still standing on the island in the wake of Sunday's 7.0 quake, and a 6.4 quake on July 29 that killed 16, complicating rescue operations.

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It comes just four days after a massive 6.9 magnitude quake shook the region on Sunday, killing 350 people. At least 40,000 homes were destroyed on Sunday and more than 150,000 people are homeless.

He estimated 75 percent of houses are damaged in some villages in east and north Lombok.

One aid agency, Yayasan Plan International Indonesia, has warned that thousands of children have been left homeless, forced to sleep in open fields without warm clothing or blankets. The BNPB earlier told Reuters that 131 people had died.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it lies on the Ring of Fire - the line of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific rim.

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