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Death toll from quake that hit Indonesian island passes 430

AP , Monday 13 Aug 2018
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Two men bathe near their homes damaged or destroyed by an earthquake in Kayangan District, Lombok, Indonesia August 11, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. (Reuters photo)
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The death toll from the earthquake that rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok a week ago has passed 400 and the government is estimating economic losses of at least several hundred million dollars.

The national disaster agency said Monday the Aug. 5 quake killed 436 people, most of whom died in collapsing buildings.

It said damage to homes, infrastructure and other property is at least 5 trillion rupiah ($342 million), calling that a temporary figure that will rise as more assessments are made. The agency said rebuilding will cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

The magnitude 7.0 quake flattened thousands of homes and according to the disaster agency's latest estimate has displaced about 350,000 people.

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