Lombok hit by another strong quake

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The death toll from a devastating quake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has risen above 160, an official said Thursday, as authorities urgently appealed for medicine, food and clean water for some 156,000 people displaced by the disaster.

Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team look for victim of the recent quake in Tanjung on Lombok island on August 9, 2018.

Almost 1500 people have been hospitalised with serious injuries from Sunday's quake and more than 156,000 have been displaced due to the extensive damage to thousands of homes.

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

Volunteers and rescue personnel have erected more temporary shelters for the tens of thousands left homeless on the island. Meanwhile, officials said the epicentre of the third natural disaster was on land and so there was no risk of a tsunami.

The latest aftershock, which had a magnitude of 5.9, according to the US Geological Survey, caused fresh panic and damage on the island.

Humanitarian groups say that they are focusing their efforts on reaching these areas which have so far been impassable because of collapsed buildings, roads and other destruction related to Sunday's quake.

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Sunday's quake also sent some 2,500 people to hospital with serious injuries and drove more than 156,000 people from their homes.

Many frightened villagers are staying under tents or tarpaulins dotted along roads or in parched rice fields, and makeshift medical facilities have been set up to treat the injured.

BNPB's toll of verified deaths from Sunday's 6.9 magnitude quake was raised on Thursday to 259 from 131.

Rescue workers are still digging through rubble and trying to get aid to survivors of the earlier, larger quake.

Many buildings still standing on the island have been weakened.

"We have no clean water, so if we want to go to the toilet we use a small river nearby", he said, adding they needed food, bedding and medicine.

Some evacuees have complained of being ignored or experiencing long delays for supplies to arrive at shelters.