The Indonesian island of Lombok has been hit by its third big earthquake in just over a week, with fresh casualties adding to a death toll which has now topped 300.
The strong aftershock yesterday measured at magnitude 5.9, causing panic and significant building damage.
9NEWS has confirmed at least six people have lost their lives in the latest quake – including an elderly couple, crushed in their home. A further 24 people were also injured in the shock.
Centred in the north-east of the island, it has made it even harder for the authorities to rescue and treat its wounded.
One local described scenes on the island as looking “like doomsday”,
Wiranto, Indonesia’s top security minister, told reporters yesterday the total death toll from the earlier magnitude 7.0 quake has also risen to 319. That figure is also expected to continue rising.
The Red Cross said it was focusing relief efforts on an estimated 20,000 people yet to get any medical assistance. read more...