Indonesia natural disaster death toll jumps to 347

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The national disaster agency stood by its latest death toll of 131 from Sunday's quake despite other government agencies including the military reporting much higher figures.

Both seismic events struck in Lombok's north, a more residential and less developed part of the island than the resort-filled south.

An imam continued to pray and lead worshippers while a huge natural disaster tore through the mosque in the Indonesian resort of Bali, eliciting praises from every corner of the internet as the video of the incident went viral on social media.

Indonesia's geological agency said the quake was shallow, at a depth of 12km, centred in the northeast of the island.

Some villages had "completely collapsed", said a Red Cross official in Lombok, Christopher Rassi.

The death toll from a powerful quake on the Indonesian island of Lombok rose above 130 on Wednesday, as authorities appealed for food, clean water and medical help for some 156,000 people forced from their homes.

Many people used the word "selamat" - meaning "to survive" - as they wrote about the magnitude 7.0 quake, which, CBS reports, killed at least 131 people.

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Water - which has been in short supply due to a prolonged dry spell - as well as food and medical supplies have also been distributed from trucks.

"We have no clean water, so if we want to go to the toilet we use a small river nearby", he said, adding they needed food, bedding and medicine.

Volunteers and rescue personnel have erected more temporary shelters for the tens of thousands left homeless on the island.

The quake was the second in a week to hit Lombok.

Aid groups say children are particularly vulnerable, with many sleeping in open fields and suffering illnesses from lack of warm clothing and blankets.

Authorities are still searching through the rubble left behind on Lombok Island, still hoping to find survivors.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

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