Death Toll From Indonesia Quake Rises To 347
The death toll from Sunday's earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has risen to 347, according to the state-run Antara news agency.
The majority of people died in Kayangan, on the north side of the island, Antara reported. Another 1,447 people were injured and 165,003 were displaced by the 6.9 magnitude quake, National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told the news agency earlier, according to a CNN news report.
Around 200,000 people live in northern Lombok, a mountainous region, according to the 2010 census. On Tuesday, the government estimated 20,000 people are in need of assistance, with around 80 percent of buildings destroyed, as aid workers struggled to reach those affected by the disaster.
"We are concerned aid trucks can't get through because of the debris, and there are also landslides happening," Husni Husni, a Jarkarta-based representative for the Red Cross, told CNN.
"A lot of people are displaced, and many have migrated to the hilly and mountainous areas because of fear of a tsunami."
Meanwhile, the disaster management agency said Tuesday all of the 2,000 tourists on the Gili Islands had now been evacuated.
Dramatic video tweeted by authorities showed hundreds of people, many believed to be foreign vacationers, crammed onto a beach on the island of Gili Trawangan as evacuation measures got under way.
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