Strong aftershock hits Indonesian island of Lombok

The Gili islands is located just off the coast of Lombok

Another Indonesian government agency has put the figure at 381, a significant increase from figure of 131 reported on Wednesday.

"We are still waiting for assessments from some of the more remote areas in the north of the island, but it is already clear that Sunday's quake was exceptionally destructive", Christopher Rassi, the head of a Red Cross assessment team on Lombok, said in a statement.

Lombok is a roughly 4500 sq km island east of the slightly larger island of Bali.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recorded the latest quake at 5.9, with a depth of 10 km (6 miles).

"There have been 355 aftershocks since Sunday", national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

The natural disaster which hit Indonesia's Lombok island on Sunday evening killed at least 347 people, and officials say the death toll is likely to increase.

The latest quake was felt strongly on the island and followed a 7.0 magnitude quake on Sunday that killed at least 131 people.

Almost 1,500 people are in hospital with serious injuries and more than 156,000 have been displaced due to the extensive damage to thousands of homes.

Local authorities, worldwide relief groups and the central government have begun organising aid, but shattered roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north and east of Lombok, which bore the brunt of the quake.

Water, which has been in short supply due to a prolonged dry spell on the island, as well as food and medical supplies were being distributed from trucks.

Rescuers have found three bodies and also managed to pull one man alive from the twisted wreckage of the mosque, reduced to a pile of concrete and metal bars, with its towering green dome folded in on itself.

Aid groups say children are particularly vulnerable, with many sleeping in open fields and suffering illnesses from lack of warm clothing and blankets.

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

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

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