Deaths reported as massive quake hits Lombok

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Scenes of destruction greeted rescue workers across Indonesia's resort island of Lombok on Monday, after an natural disaster of magnitude 6.9 killed at least 98 people and prompted an exodus of tourists rattled by the second powerful quake in a week.

"The death toll becomes 91 people, 209 people are injured, thousands of houses are wrecked, and thousands of people are evacuated.

A magnitude 7 natural disaster has struck an island off the coast of Indonesia killing at least 37 people and injured dozens of others.

Singapore Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, who was on the 10th floor of a hotel in the Lombok town of Mataram at the time of the quake, wrote on Facebook that his room shook violently and walls cracked.

Mr Dutton said parts of the building were falling down and large cracks appeared on the facade. "Came out, and made my way down a staircase, while building was still shaking. It was the violence of the shaking of the building - was pretty dramatic", he said in a radio interview.

A father accompanies his injured child outside of Tanjung hospital, after an quake hit in Lombok Utara, Indonesia August 6, 2018.

At magnitude 6.9, Sunday's quake released more than five times the energy of the earlier one, the United States Geological Survey website said.

Most of Lombok suffered power cuts, local media reported.

Footage appearing to show the impact of aftershocks has already appeared online, with one person reporting how they felt the quake from the neighboring Bali island.

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Take That singer Gary Barlow has said he is "praying for everyone affected" following an natural disaster that has shaken Indonesian islands including Bali, where he is now on holiday.

Nugroho said a lack of heavy equipment and shattered roads were hampering efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north and east of the island, which had been hardest hit. "People filled the streets", Michelle Lindsay, an Australian tourist on Bali, told Reuters.

Videos showed screaming people running in panic from a shopping mall and a neighbourhood in Bali where parked vehicles swayed.

An Indonesian official says at least three people have been killed after a strong natural disaster struck the popular tourist island of Lombok.

The governor of the province that includes Lombok where the quake was centered, the military, the national search and rescue agency and regent of North Lombok issued different death tolls that ranged from 226 to 381.

An operation was also under way Monday to evacuate some 1,200 tourists from the Gili Islands, three tiny, coral-fringed tropical islands a few kilometres off the northwest coast of Lombok that are particularly popular with backpackers and divers.

The magnitude 7.0 quake which was first announced as a magnitude 6.8 and later revised upward tore through North Lombok's coastal region early evening and damaged Lombok's physical structures, including two shopping malls and a cathedral.

Electricity was knocked out in several parts of the city and patients were evacuated from the main hospital, witnesses and officials said.