Indonesia quake: Death toll climbs to more than 320

By: Reuters | Indonesia |
Published: August 10, 2018 8:29:54 pm

A volunteer crawls beneath rubble while soldiers try to find survivors at a collapsed house after earthquake hit on Sunday in Pemenang, Lombok Island, Indonesia, August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Beawiharta

The death toll from a huge 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia’s Lombok island has climbed to more than 320, officials said on Friday, even as relief efforts picked up the pace. The national disaster mitigation agency said it had verified 321 deaths and that over 270,000 people had been forced to flee their homes because of a series of tremors over the past two weeks. On Thursday, the death toll from Sunday’s quake jumped to 259. A fresh 5.9 magnitude aftershock prompted fresh panic in the north of the popular holiday destination on Thursday. Nearly 75 per cent of…

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