Indonesia quake death toll rises to 131 as aid begins to arrive
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Indonesia quake death toll rises to 131 as aid begins to arrive

Nearly 2,500 people hospitalized with serious injuries and over 156,000 are displaced after temblor hits Lombok island

Emergency workers recover a body from the Jamiul Jamaah Mosque after it collapsed during an earthquake in Bangsal, North Lombok, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
Emergency workers recover a body from the Jamiul Jamaah Mosque after it collapsed during an earthquake in Bangsal, North Lombok, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

BANGSAL, Indonesia — Indonesia’s disaster agency said Wednesday the death toll from the earthquake that shook Lombok island Sunday evening has risen to 131.

Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said there are reports of other deaths but they still need to be verified. He said the death toll is still expected to increase.

Nearly 2,500 people have been hospitalized with serious injuries and more than 156,000 people are displaced due to the extensive damage to homes.

The magnitude 7.0 quake came a week after another quake on Lombok killed 16 people.

Aid began reaching isolated areas of the Indonesian island on Wednesday, while rescuers doubled down on efforts to find the dead.

Rescue teams continue to search for victims in the collapsed Jamiul Jamaah Mosque in Bangsal, North Lombok, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Volunteers and rescue personnel were erecting more temporary shelters for the over 80,000 people in immediate need on Lombok. Water, food and medical supplies were being distributed from trucks.

The military said five planes carrying food, medicine, blankets, field tents and water tankers left Jakarta for the island early Wednesday.

A woman’s body was recovered from the rubble of the collapsed Jamiul Jamaah Mosque on Wednesday morning in Bangsal district in the island’s north.

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