Almost 350 people reported dead in Lombok quake

Crack in the ground and rescue workers

In the north of Lombok, the earthquake's epicentre, rescuers were holding out hope that more people would be pulled alive from the wreckage of thousands of buildings that collapsed.

Aid agencies including Oxfam, the Red Cross and Save the Children, working with local partner agencies, say they are scrambling to get sufficient aid to those most in need.

"We don't have the luxury of going to the airport and waiting for hours on end", she said.

Lombok had already been hit by a 6.4-magnitude natural disaster on July 29 that killed 17 people.

Officials warned that this figure could continue to rise as search and rescue teams continue to sweep the area.

Lombok lies on the Ring of Fire, a belt surrounding the Pacific Ocean that is especially prone to earthquakes and volcanoes.

The number of people killed in the aftermath of a powerful quake in Indonesia has risen to 131.

"Without the businesses open and repaired there will be limited tourists therefore the impact on locals and the island itself is unthinkable".

"You should also be mindful of the risk of aftershocks in the coming days and weeks". The quake has caused much more damage than the one a few days ago - destroying roads, bridges, disrupting electricity and communications and damaging huge numbers of buildings.

He told a news conference that there are reports of other deaths but they still need to be verified.

"People have moved to the hillsides where they feel safer". Montgomery-Lay said her hotel is on higher ground so the meeting place when the warning was issued was by the building's main gate.

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"Only this morning were we courageous enough to come down".

As many as 600,000 people have been affected by the quake, with up to 20,000 people living in temporary shelters.

TANJUNG, Indonesia (UPDATED) - The death toll from a powerful natural disaster on the Indonesian island of Lombok rose above 130 on Wednesday, August 8, as authorities appealed for food, clean water and medical help for some 156,000 people forced from their homes.

It said clean drinking water was scarce because of a recent spell of extremely dry weather in Lombok.

A focus for rescuers is a mosque in Karang Pangsor village in North Lombok which collapsed with worshippers still inside.

Rescuers dug through the rubble of a mosque on Wednesday where an unknown number of people were suspected buried.

"We are looking for access".

They used hacksaws to cut a square into concrete wall.

About 90 personnel from the military, police and national search and rescue agency swarmed around the flattened building Tuesday, using cutting equipment to pry apart the tangled debris.

Thousands of terrified tourists are being taken off the island of Lombok by boat.

Saffron Amis, a British student on Gili Trawangan - the largest of the islands fringed by white beaches and surrounded by turquoise sea - said at least 200 people were stranded there with more flowing in from the other two, Gili Air and Gili Meno. "Very quickly I shouted to the kids to run outside", Rye resident Boukje Van Den Bosch-Schmits told us by phone.

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