Indonesia natural disaster death toll jumps to 347

Dozens killed in Indonesia earthquake

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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.

Sunday's quake came only days after a slightly smaller one, which killed at least 16 people.

Birds sit above earthquake-damaged homes in North Lombok, Indonesia.

Authorities and worldwide 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. "It's hard to get used to", he said.

Villagers and relatives prayed outside a tent where the girl's body lay inside covered in a white cloth. But there was nobody in her destroyed village to get her the help she needed.

"When the quake happened, I took my kid and ran", she said.

Evacuees at a shelter in northern Lombok's Tanjung district ran onto the road crying and screaming, witnesses said. The earlier earthquakes also left cracks in walls and roofs, making the weakened buildings susceptible to collapse.

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But her story underscores the challenges facing this devastated region: "Four days after the quake killed hundreds of people and displaced 270,000 more, injured survivors in remote areas cut off by landslides and broken bridges are still emerging from the ruined countryside, struggling to reach the doctors they desperately need".

A total of 164 people have been confirmed killed in Sunday's quake, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told AFP, with a further 1,400 seriously injured and more than 150,000 displaced.

'The corpses are starting to smell and we believe some people buried are still alive - that's why it's a critical time, ' Nugroho said. 'There was no way to get her out'.

"Then the side pillar cracked and snapped, like a lumberjack breaking wood with his bare hands", said Mr Tahar, describing to The New Paper yesterday how part of the building had collapsed.

Rinjani was evacuated immediately following another quake on July 29.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes.

This video shows hundreds of people being evacuated from the Gili Islands, an archipelago near northwest Lombok, on Monday, August 6, after the natural disaster.

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