Indonesia earthquake toll crosses 400

The death toll from an earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has topped 400, authorities said on Monday, as bodies were still being recovered from the ruins of destroyed buildings. The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake on August 5 levelled tens of thousands of homes, mosques and businesses across Lombok, just a week after another tremor surged through the island and killed 17.
“Search and rescue teams are still removing victims who were buried beneath collapsed buildings and landslides,” said national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. The total number killed in the quake is now 436, Mr. Nugroho said, with more than 1,300 injured and nearly 3,53,000 displaced. The hardest hit region of Lombok has been in the north, where 374 people died and more than 1,37,000 have been forced from their homes. Meanwhile, the economic toll of the quake has ballooned to five trillion rupiah ($342 million). Survivors have been shaken by hundreds of aftershocks, including a shallow 5.9-magnitude quake last Thursday.
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