Death toll in Indonesia quake rises to 164

British holidaymakers have told of panic and confusion as they waited to be evacuated from Gili

British holidaymakers have told of panic and confusion as they waited to be evacuated from Gili

Earthquakes continue to rock the eastern Indonesia island of Lombok with more than 340 people reportedly dead, while poor infrastructure is frustrating efforts to get relief to isolated communities in the centre and highlands of the island.

The fresh seismic event followed the 6.9 magnitude quake on Sunday that flattened homes and stranded thousands of people on Lombok's northern coast and the nearby Gili Islands.

Another natural disaster has struck the Indonesian island of Lombok as the community battles to recover from Sunday's quake.

The US Geological survey reported a 5.2-magnitude natural disaster just off the coast of Lombok between the tourist town of Senggigi and the Gili Islands on Monday at 11.50pm.

It said it did not have the potential to cause a tsunami. It also reported a 5.4-magnitude quake at 2.21am on Tuesday, close to the site of Sunday's 6.9-magnitude quake.

People ran into the streets and buildings were damaged.

Both seismic events struck in Lombok's north, a more residential and less developed part of the island than the resort-filled south. In northern Lombok, some people leaped from their vehicles on traffic jammed roads while an elderly woman standing in the back of a pickup truck wailed "God is Great".

Rescue workers were still digging through rubble and trying to reach survivors of Sunday's natural disaster.

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Some villages had "completely collapsed", said a Red Cross official in Lombok, Christopher Rassi.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said the death toll prior to the last aftershock, which measured 6.2 on the Richter Scale, was 131, while the NTB government said it reached 226.

The military said it sent five planes carrying food, medicine, blankets, field tents and water tankers.

At least 40,000 homes were destroyed on Sunday and more than 150,000 people are homeless.

Thousands of tourists have left Lombok since Sunday, fearing further earthquakes, some on extra flights provided by airlines and others on ferries to the neighboring island of Bali.

"Net1 is responding to fulfil the need of telecommunication and internet access, which was down when people urgently need to contact and update their conditions to family and relatives", said Tri Budiprayitno, Head of Kominfo Office in West Nusa Tenggara Province.

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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