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'We are alive, we will start rebuilding' - SA businessman in Indonesia

10 August, 05:22 PM

The Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week on Thursday as the official death toll from an earlier quake topped 300.

Wiranto, Indonesia's top security minister, told reporters the death toll from Sunday's magnitude 7.0 quake had risen to 319. The announcement came after an inter-agency meeting was called to resolve wildly different figures from different agencies.

The strong aftershock, measured at magnitude 5.9 by the US Geological Survey, caused panic and damage. It was centred in the northwest of the island and didn't have the potential to cause a tsunami, Indonesia's geological agency said.

South African businessman Ettienne Swanepoel, who is in Indonesia, said the area was a ghost town.

"Everyone is in high spirits, there is no reason to complain; we are alive and we will start rebuilding," he told News24

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