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Following the killer quake on the island of Lombok on Sunday - which has so far claimed at least 142 lives and injured more than 200 - users took to the social network to share their messages of condolence and support.

The death toll from Sunday's devastating natural disaster on the Indonesian island of Lombok has risen to 347, according to the state-run Antara news agency.

Lombok is a roughly 4500 sq km island east of the slightly larger island of Bali. It was centered in the northwest of the island and didn't have the potential to cause a tsunami, Indonesia's geological agency said.

The Red Cross said the initial quake was "exceptionally destructive".

The agency's spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho confirmed the toll.

The magnitude-6.2 natural disaster followed Sunday's magnitude-6.9 tremor, which came a week after a magnitude-6.4 quake killed at least 17.

On Sunday, a powerful 6.9-magnitude natural disaster devastated the tourist island, which has led to the deaths of at least 347 as of Thursday, according to the state-run Antara news agency.

Evacuees in some encampments say they are running out of food, while others are suffering psychological trauma after the powerful quake.

Several bridges have been destroyed and landslides have hit, making aid support from both the government and worldwide nongovernmental organizations very challenging.

The Indonesian archipelago is situated along the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire", an area known for its intense seismic and volcanic activity, which produce about 7,000 earthquakes each year, most of which are of moderate magnitude.

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The official death toll stands at 131, but local media are reporting figures as high as 347.

"I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed", he said.

Almost 68,000 homes were damaged or destroyed in Sunday's quake and 270,000 people are homeless or otherwise displaced, according to the disaster agency's latest update. As a result of the seismic activity in the region, it is estimated that more than 1,400 are seriously injured and 270,000 are displaced.

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.

A young mother who had to flee with her newborn child is one of thousands of survivors from Sunday's deadly quake on the Indonesian island of Lombok desperately waiting for aid to trickle through.

"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.

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