Another strong quake hits Lombok, buildings collapse

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A strong natural disaster with a magnitude of 6.2 has hit Indonesia's Lombok island, causing buildings to collapse, according to witnesses and the Southeast Asian nation's meteorology and geophysics agency.

The latest tremor, the third in over a week, had a magnitude of 6.2, according to Indonesia's geological agency.

Reuters news agency quoted a witness as saying the latest quake sent people onto the streets in panic and caused buildings to collapse.

It said it did not have the potential to cause a tsunami.

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

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Authorities are gathering information from family members with missing relatives to determine how many more people may have been in the buildings when they collapsed, national search and rescue agency spokesman Yusuf Latif told AFP.

Makeshift medical facilities have been set up to treat the injured.

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.

A strong natural disaster has struck an island in Indonesia, Southeast Asia.

He said they were also looking for people with untreated injuries.

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Wiranto said the government will develop a plan to rebuild communities on Lombok, which like its more famous neighbour Bali is a popular tourist destination with powder-white beaches, mountains and a lush interior.

Evacuees in some encampments say they are running out of food, while others are suffering psychological trauma after the powerful quake, which struck just one week after another tremor surged through the island and killed 17.

"I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed", he added, while other teams in East and North Lombok had reported villages where 75% of homes were damaged.

But Mr Sutopo said some areas in the north had still not received any aid.

One aid agency, Yayasan Plan International Indonesia, has warned that thousands of children have been left homeless, forced to sleep in open fields without warm clothing or blankets.

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