Indonesia quake toll jumps to 164, survivors wait for aid

The Gili islands is located just off the coast of Lombok

The death toll from Monday's 6.9 magnitude quake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has risen dramatically overnight to 347, with state-run news agency Antara issuing the new figure.

Indonesia's geological agency said the quake was shallow, at a depth of 12km, centred in the northeast of the island. That number is expected to rise.

The natural disaster killed more than 100 people in Lombok and injured hundreds of others, leaving thousands of locals homeless and tourists stranded.

Rescue efforts have intensified to find people buried in rubble following the quake that shook Indonesia's Lombok island.

A witness told Reuters the latest quake sent people into the streets in panic and caused buildings to collapse.

But disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement the information from those sources was incomplete and hadn't been cross-checked for duplication.

Local authorities, worldwide relief groups and the central government have begun organising aid, but shattered roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north and east of Lombok, which bore the brunt of the quake.

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"The corpses are starting to smell and we believe some people buried are still alive - that's why it's a critical time", Nugroho said.

Almost 2,500 people have been hospitalized with serious injuries and more than 156,000 people are displaced due to the extensive damage to homes.

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

Officials said the quake's epicentre was on land and so there was no risk of a tsunami.

Authorities have said the death toll, 105 as of Tuesday evening, would increase as the search effort continues. "I do hope the government can help", she said.

But some evacuees have complained of being ignored or experiencing long delays for supplies to arrive at shelters.

Aid groups say children are particularly vulnerable, with many sleeping in open fields and suffering illnesses from lack of warm clothing and blankets.

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