Another strong aftershock hits Indonesia's Lombok island

British holidaymakers have told of panic and confusion as they waited to be evacuated from Gili

British holidaymakers have told of panic and confusion as they waited to be evacuated from Gili

The Indonesian island of Lombok has been struck by another natural disaster days after a tremor that is thought to have killed more than 300 people.

Buildings still standing on the island have been weakened after Sunday's 7.0 quake, as well as a 6.4 quake on July 29 that killed 16.

Net1 Indonesia is providing Free Wi-Fi access for refugees of the recent natural disaster in Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).

Across much of the island, a popular tourist destination, once-bustling villages have been turned into virtual ghost towns.

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The aftershock comes after Sunday's devastating 6.9-magnitude quake, which relief agencies said wiped out entire villages in the worst-hit regions of northern and western Lombok. Almost 75 per cent of residential structures have been destroyed in northern Lombok because of poor construction unable to withstand strong tremors, the agency said in a statement.

An aftershock measuring magnitude 5.9 on Thursday caused panic, more damage and more than two dozen injuries.

Nguroho said in statement that the death toll will continue to rise because rescue workers are still finding victims in the ruins of collapsed buildings and some people who are already buried are not yet included in the official toll.

"We are still waiting for assessments from some of the more remote areas in the north of the island, but it is already clear that Sunday's quake was exceptionally destructive", Christopher Rassi, the head of the assessment team for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said in a statement. "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. It struck at a depth of 10km (6 miles). As of August 8, a total 347 people were killed and 1,500 were injured.

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He has said several times that the number of deaths will increase. The agency says it is has not verified these other figures but expects the toll to climb.

Most of the people who died in Sunday's tremor were in Kayangan, on the north side of the island, according to the state-run Antara news agency.

The magnitude 7.0 quake on Sunday killed at least 319 people and damaged or destroyed almost 68,000 homes. "We can buy our needs while waiting for the situation to get back to normal even though we're still anxious".

"We can help tourists to get to the airport but of course we can't buy them tickets for free", he said, adding that authorities were providing free accommodation, food and transport to those in need.

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Many Indonesian speakers wrote messages on Facebook using the word "selamat" - which can mean "safe" but also "congratulations" - triggering celebratory animations.

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