Terrified Tourists Flee Gili Islands After Lombok Earthquake

Dozens were killed in a 6.4 magnitude natural disaster that struck Lombok on July 29.

The quake occurred in North Lombok district at a depth of 12 kilometers, according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

Officials said the quake's epicentre was on land and so there was no risk of a tsunami.

Aid began reaching isolated areas of the Indonesian island struggling after a powerful natural disaster that killed more than 130 people as rescuers intensified efforts Wednesday to find those buried in the rubble.

"People are always saying they need water and tarps", Spokesman Arifin Hadi told the AP about the current rescue efforts.

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.

Authorities and global relief groups have begun organizing aid, but badly damaged roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north of Lombok, which bore the brunt of the quake.

However, he said Thursday the "death toll has jumped significantly", without providing further details.

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Videos showed rubble strewn across streets and clouds of dust enveloping buildings.

Across much of the island, a popular tourist destination, once-bustling villages have been turned into virtual ghost towns.

The magnitude-6.2 tembor followed a 6.9 quake on Sunday that killed at least 131 people, damaged thousands of houses, and left 156,000 people homeless.

Many frightened, displaced 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.

Survivors of the quake have also been shaken by hundreds of aftershocks, including a shallow 5.9-magnitude quake Thursday which caused people to flee evacuation shelters crying and screaming.

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

Reuters has reported collapsed buildings and widespread damage, likely compounding fresh damage from quakes which have already devastated the island this month.

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