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Lombok quake: Rescuers search collapsed mosque for survivors

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The green-domed mosque in North Lombok has now been reduced to rubble

Rescue workers are searching the ruins of a mosque in Lombok, Indonesia, where it is feared people were trapped by Sunday’s deadly earthquake.

The 6.9 magnitude quake is now known to have killed nearly 100 people and left at least 20,000 people homeless.

The mosque is one of thousands of buildings in North Lombok that were damaged.

Two have already been rescued from the rubble, according to the national search and rescue agency.

The spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency shared footage of one man being brought out from under the collapsed building.

The official death toll from the quake now stands at 98, but officials believe that may rise.

Aid agencies have said their priority now is to provide shelter for displaced people.

The impact of Sunday’s quake has been far greater than a quake that hit Lombok last week, killing 16 people.

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Rescuers look under the ruins of the flattened mosque

Neighbouring Bali and the Gili Islands have also been badly affected. Thousands of people, mostly tourists, have been evacuated from the islands.

President Joko Widodo has urged the speedy evacuation of casualties, calling for more flights to be sent to the affected areas.

The earthquake on Sunday was of magnitude 6.9, according to the US Geological Survey.

It struck at 19:46 local time (11:46 GMT) at a fairly shallow depth of 31km (19 miles).

There have been more than 130 aftershocks since the quake hit.

Lombok is a roughly 4,500 sq km (1,700 sq miles) island east of the slightly larger island of Bali.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it lies on the Ring of Fire – the line of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific rim.

More than half of the world’s active volcanoes above sea level are part of the ring.

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