Death toll rises to 392

Gulf Times - - ASIA/AUSTRALASIA -

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.

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