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Facebook apologises after Lombok natural disaster balloons blunder

09 August 2018, 09:21 | Glen Norman

"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 natural disaster was exceptionally destructive", Christopher Rassi, the head of a Red Cross assessment team on Lombok, said in a statement.

Officials and organisations including the military, the governor of the province that includes Lombok, the national search and rescue agency and the regent of North Lombok have issued different death tolls, ranging from 226 to 381.

A resident shows a photo of missing victims believed to be trapped inside a collapsed building, as rescue workers continue searching after Sunday's natural disaster in Pemenang, North Lombok, Indonesia on August 8, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.

An imam continued to pray and lead worshippers while a huge quake tore through the mosque in the Indonesian resort of Bali, eliciting praises from every corner of the internet as the video of the incident went viral on social media.

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Indonesia's geological agency said the quake Thursday afternoon had a magnitude of 6.2 and was shallow, at a depth of 12 kilometres, centred in the northeast of the island.

The latest quake was felt strongly on the island and followed a 6.9 quake on Sunday that killed at least 164 people and damaged thousands of houses. Water, food and medical supplies were being distributed from trucks.

"There has been no help at all here", said 36-year-old Multazam, staying with hundreds of others under tarpaulins on a dry paddy field outside West Pemenang village.

Authorities are still searching through the rubble left behind on Lombok Island, still hoping to find survivors.

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Thousands of people have been sleeping in makeshift shelters or out in the open.

Authorities on the island have urgently appealed for medicine, food and clean water for some 156,000 people who have been displaced by the disaster.

At a collapsed mosque in Bangsal district, emergency workers in orange uniforms removed a woman's body from the ruins on today.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes.

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