Death toll rises to 392
The death toll from a powerful earthquake that hit Lombok island in central Indonesia one week ago has risen to 392, officials said yesterday. The number was likely to rise further still as teams continue to search for victims beneath the rubble and ruins of buildings, national disaster management agency spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said. Search efforts have been complicated by a string of aftershocks, including a 6.2 magnitude quake on Thursday. At least 1,353 people were injured, most of them in hard-hit North Lombok district, which was near the epicentre of the 6.9-magnitude quake that hit last Sunday. Nearly 390,000 people are displaced and living in camps, Nugroho said. Aid and volunteers continue to arrive on the island to help the displaced, but efforts have been stymied by the limited number of vehicles available for transport duties, he said.