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Death toll jumps to 347 in 6.9 Indonesia earthquake – report

A magnitude 6.2 aftershock rocked Indonesia's Lombok on Thursday, sparking fresh panic on the tropical tourist island as the official death toll from a powerful natural disaster four days earlier nearly doubled to 259.

The aftershock follows a series of quakes which have hit Indonesia over the past two weeks.

Even as a second quake has hit Indonesia's Lombok island today, users posting on Facebook after the first fatal natural disaster were shocked to see animated balloons and confetti popping up when sharing their posts.

According to authorities, more than 156,000 people have been displaced and tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed, BBC reports.

This is the terrifying moment a shaking building suddenly collapses in Lombok after the Indonesian island was rocked by its third major natural disaster in just 12 days.

The US Geological Survey said the quake, felt on the nearby holiday island of Bali, measured 5.9 on the Richter scale. "I was in the hospital, and my (unborn) child was gone", Handayani said, weeping as she told her story Friday in a green tent set up to house patients because it was considered unsafe to treat them inside.

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A July 29 quake on Lombok killed 16 people. But her experience underscores the challenges facing this region: Four days after the quake killed hundreds and displaced 270,000 more, injured survivors in remote areas cut off by landslides and broken bridges are still emerging. "The electricity was off, but it went back on, I grabbed my kid then ran out to save us from the rubble". The quake split apart roads near the coast and sparked landslides that cut off routes used by emergency medical workers and rescue crews who are still trying to clear rubble and recover the dead.

However, he has also said several times that the number of deaths would increase.

Almost 2,500 people have been hospitalized with serious injuries and more than 156,000 people are displaced due to the extensive damage to homes.

Thousands of tourists have left Lombok since Sunday, fearing further earthquakes, some on extra flights provided by airlines and others on ferries to the neighbouring island of Bali.

At Tanjung Public Hospital in northern Lombok, its seven ambulances were in heavy use, but one is already out of action due to lack of fuel.

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

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