Aftershock rocks Lombok in Indonesia as death toll rises

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A humanitarian crisis looms in Lombok, which was rocked by another deadly quake last month that killed 17 people, with thousands of victims of Sunday's disaster in desperate need of clean water, food, medicine and shelter, aid agencies say.

A video posted on Twitter by Indonesia's national disaster agency showed that today's quake caused more buildings and power lines to collapse.

The ministry said that Indonesia is the RoK's key partner in its New Southern Policy aimed at promoting substantive cooperation with southern Asian countries.

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

Because of the magnitude of the quake, a large amount of telecommunications infrastructure in Lombok was damaged, but this did not affect the network and range of Net1 Indonesia 4G LTE.

A magnitude 6.2 natural disaster rocked Indonesia's Lombok island and the neighboring island of Bali on Thursday, causing instant panic after Sunday's quake in the region killed more than 300 people.

" 'It was overwhelming, ' Andoni's 35-year-old brother-in-law, Ilham, said of the chaotic aftermath of Sunday's magnitude 7.0 quake on the island of Lombok".

More than 120 people died in Kayangan as a result of the quake, according to the state-run Antara news agency.

Relief teams, deployed after Sunday's quake, have not yet managed to reach some sites on the island near the epicenter due to the access difficulties, Security Minister Wiranto said, quoted by The Jakarta Post.

Workers with heavy machinery are searching the rubble of homes, schools and mosques, with hope of finding any survivors fading.

The island was still recovering after two other recent earthquakes when the tremor happened.

"Many patients here have broken bones and we handle it as much as possible because the hospital is damaged, impossible to do surgery and treat patients with severe injuries", she said.

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.

But some evacuees have complained of being ignored or experiencing long delays for supplies to arrive at shelters. That number is set to rise as more victims are found in the rubble and pulled from collapsed buildings.

"We can help tourists to get to the airport but of course we can't buy them tickets for free", he said, adding that authorities were providing free accommodation, food and transport to those in need.

"I'm still in pain from giving birth", she told AFP.

A field hospital has also been established near an evacuation centre catering to more than 500 people in the village of Tanjung. "Most of them do not want to stay indoors during treatment or after an operation".

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