Indonesia's Lombok hit by another strong quake

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U.S. quake monitors said the latest aftershock had a magnitude of 5.9.

It was the strongest of some 355 aftershocks that have rattled the island since Sunday.

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Another 1447 people have been injured and 165,003 displaced.

The quake was the second in a week to hit Lombok.

BNPB's official death toll from Sunday's quake stood at 131 on Wednesday, although some Indonesian officials put the number at 347.

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

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People in Bali, an island 93 miles from Lombok, also reported feeling the quake.

A Reuters witness said the latest quake sent people into the streets in panic and caused buildings to collapse.

The Indonesian Red Cross said it was focusing its Lombok natural disaster relief efforts on an estimated 20,000 people in remote areas in the north of the island where aid still has not reached.

"We still need long-term aid, even though we have already received help from various (regional) governments", national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. "Where should we go if we have no house anymore, nowhere to live?" said the mother of 15- and 9-year-old girls.

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

There is a dire need for medical staff and "long-term aid", especially food and medicine in the worst-hit areas, government officials said.

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Volunteers and rescue personnel have erected more temporary shelters for the tens of thousands left homeless on the island.

Hundreds of bloodied and bandaged victims have been treated outside damaged hospitals in the island's main city of Mataram and other badly affected areas.

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

The quake struck at 7.46pm local time on Sunday at a fairly shallow depth of 31km.

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