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09:52, 09 August 2018

Indonesia earthquake death toll triples to 380

AKIPRESS.COM - The death toll from the Lombok earthquake has risen dramatically to 347, the government-run news agency Antara has said.

Another Indonesian government agency has put the figure at 381, a significant increase from figure of 131 reported on Wednesday. The number of the dead may still climb higher, as rescuers work to free people trapped in the rubble.

The deadly 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island on Sunday night, leaving tens of thousands of people homeless.

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, The Guardian reports.

The national disaster agency announced today that they believed the death toll to be 164 with at least 1,400 people seriously injured and 156,000 displaced.

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