At least 91 killed in massive Indonesia quake

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Local authorities said Monday that the official death toll from Sunday's massive quake in Indonesia has climbed to at least 142, and more than two hundred people were injured.

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In a statement issued by Ndivhuwo Mabaya, the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) said "at this stage" it was aware of five South Africans that were present in the affected area during the natural disaster.

Almost 1,500 people have been hospitalized with serious injuries and more than 156,000 have been displaced due to the extensive damage to thousands of homes.

Footage of an Indonesian imam leading evening prayer in a Bali mosque during a deadly quake struck the neighbouring island of Lombok has gone viral, with people praising him for his indomitable faith.

This version corrects the spelling of the spokesman's name.

The Beckham family have been caught up in the powerful natural disaster that hit the island of Lombok in Indonesia, and killed at least 142 people.

A magnitude 7.0 quake that struck on Sunday night, damaging thousands of buildings and killing at least 98 people.

"We estimate there are still more victims because we found many sandals in front of the mosque", Nugroho said yesterday.

Military planes have since been scrambled to bring food, medicine, tents and water to island residents in desperate need of aid.

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The death toll reached 105 on Tuesday, with 236 people injured.

Desi Fitriana, who was attending a conference in the island's main city of Mataram, said she had to evacuate the hotel where she had stayed since Friday and spent last night sleeping on the floors of Lombok airport.

A village elder said a 6.4-magnitude quake that hit Lombok a week earlier had caused countless cracks in the mosque's walls. A magnitude 6.4 natural disaster on July 29 killed 16 people and cracked and weakened many structures, amplifying the damage that occurred in Sunday's quake.

Thousands of tourists have left Lombok since Sunday fearing further earthquakes.

With her daughter's weakened condition, Montgomery-Lay says that the family was unsure that she could handle the crowds that descended on Lombok's ferry terminal and airport trying to get off the island.

Authorities said at least one person, an Indonesian, was killed on the popular trio of holiday islands, while another tourist died on the nearby island of Bali.

The couple and their family, who have been spending time in the USA over the summer, were said to have landed in the popular tourist destination on Saturday, the day of the quake.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. In 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.

Speaking to local media, Mr Shanmugam said: "It's a tragedy for the Indonesian people, and the people of Lombok. and I think our thoughts and prayers are with them".

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