Third strong natural disaster shakes Lombok as death toll tops 220

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

A volunteer crawls beneath rubble while soldiers try to find survivors at a collapsed house after natural disaster hit on Sunday in Pemenang, Lombok Island, Indonesia, August 7, 2018.

Lombok was hit by another quake on Thursday, the third in a little over a week, causing panic, injuries and damage to buildings.

Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team look for victims of the recent quake on Lombok island.

The most powerful one struck on Sunday in the northern region of Lombok with a magnitude of 7.0 which has left tens of thousands homeless and 227 dead, rescuers told the Associated Press (AP).

Indonesia's disaster agency says the death toll from the quake that shook Lombok island Sunday evening has risen to 131.

"The quake does not have any tsunami potential", Hary Tirto Djatmiko, spokesman for Indonesia's meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency (BMKG), said of Thursday's aftershock.

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.

Dramatic video tweeted by authorities showed hundreds of people, many believed to be foreign vacationers, crammed onto a beach on the island of Gili Trawangan as evacuation measures got underway.

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A July 29 quake on Lombok killed 16 people.

A further 1447 have been injured and 165,003 displaced. "We can buy our needs while waiting for the situation to get back to normal even though we're still anxious".

The death toll sat at 131 a day earlier.

The country's disaster mitigation agency says the death toll is at least 259, Reuters says.

Evacuees in some encampments say they are running out of food, while others are suffering psychological trauma after the 6.9-magnitude quake, which struck just one week after another tremor surged through the island and killed 17.

Other evacuees said they were subsisting on a diet of instant noodles and needed clean water and bedding.

The damage from the three consecutive quakes is apparently severe, with nearly 15-hundred injured and more than 150-thousand displaced.

He said victims can be counted several times because of the common practice of people in Indonesia using several names and noted that families of victims are entitled to financial compensation from the government when a death is confirmed.

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