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Policemen stand by as rescuers search for survivors at a mosque in Lombok Island Indonesia
Just days after a magnitude 6.9 quake hit the northern tip of Indonesia'sLombok island, a magnitude 6.2 aftershock rocked Lombok on Thursday, sparking fresh panic on the tropical tourist island reeling under a series of tremors in the past two weeks.
It is the third natural disaster to hit the island in under two weeks.
The agency says more than 67,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed and that over 270,000 people are taking shelter in tents or elsewhere.
Damage and chaos continues on the Indonesian island of Lombok, in the third big natural disaster in little more than a week Thursday as the official death toll from the most powerful of the quakes topped 300.
Aid workers are trying to help the thousands of people who have been left homeless and without clean water, food, medicine or shelter.
The strong aftershock, measured at magnitude 5.9 by the US Geological Survey, caused panic, damage to buildings, landslides and injuries.
The government says more than 1,400 people were injured and more than 156,000 displaced.
Last week, 17 people were killed when a 6.4-magnitude quake hit Lombok.
A Reuters witness said the latest quake sent people into the streets in panic and caused buildings to collapse.
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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.
Rescue workers look for survivors of Sunday's quake on the Indonesian island of Lombok.
Indonesia's top security minister, Wiranto, says the death toll from last Sunday's natural disaster on the island of Lombok has climbed to 319.
"I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed".
"People are always saying they need water and tarps", Spokesman Arifin Hadi told the AP about the current rescue efforts.
Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes.
There have been 355 aftershocks since the last quake happened on Sunday, which killed at least 131 people.
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