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Foreign tourists wait for transportation after arriving from the nearby Gili islands at the port in Bangsal northern Lombok island on August 6. ─ AFP

Soldiers have pulled a man alive from the rubble of a large mosque flattened by an quake, killing at least 105 people on the Indonesian island of Lombok, while thousands of homeless villagers waited for aid on Tuesday and stranded tourists camped at beaches and in the lobbies of damaged hotels.

The north of Lombok has been devastated by the magnitude 7.0 quake that struck Sunday night, damaging thousands of buildings and killing a large number of people.

TANJUNG, Indonesia (UPDATED) - The death toll from a powerful quake on the Indonesian island of Lombok rose above 130 on Wednesday, August 8, as authorities appealed for food, clean water and medical help for some 156,000 people forced from their homes.

Rescue team members and soldiers try to find people who are trapped inside a mosque after an natural disaster hit on Sunday in Pemenang, Lombok Island, Indonesia.

"We don't know for sure how many people are alive under the rubble", Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) told reporters in Jakarta.

He told a news conference that reports of other deaths still needed to be verified.

Nugroho said the death toll is expected to rise as search and rescue crews reach more affected areas.

Almost 1,500 people have been injured, with 156,000 displaced after the tremors caused extensive damage to their homes.

The organisation's Silverius Tasman said it and the Indonesian Government were "doing all we can to help these people, but we do need more support to allow us to reach these most affected populations". "Gili Air has run out of food and water so they have come to us", she told Reuters in a text, then messaging later that she had been taken on a boat to the main island and would head from there to Bali.

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Residents who lost their homes sheltered in makeshift tents while most tourists were able to evacuate Monday. About 2,700 had left, but several thousand more tourists and hotel employees are waiting to leave, he said.

The quake, which was also felt in the neighbouring island of Bali, flatted houses, caused bridges to collapse and killed at least 98 people.

Sarah Feeney, from Newport, and her boyfriend Adam Foley, from Dublin, were staying in Bali in Indonesia when two deadly earthquakes struck the neighbouring island of Lombok, causing major damage to Lombok, the Gili islands and Bali.

The shocks Sunday followed a 6.4 -magnitude quake on July 29, leaving emergency crews to deal with the fallout of two massive disasters just seven days apart.

The Straits Times saw an excavator digging through the rubble of the mosque as anxious villagers looked on, hoping that people were still alive under the ruins.

Meanwhile, the evacuation of tourists from the Gili Islands - three tiny, coral-fringed tropical islands off the northwest coast of Lombok - has finished, officials said.

Like Bali, Lombok is known for its pristine beaches and mountains.

Lombok's airport has reopened and has significantly increased the amount of flights coming in and out from the island.

Indonesia is defined by string of volatile volcanoes stretching for thousands of miles, as it is situated on the so-called Ring of Fire around the Pacific.

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