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The Indonesian Red Cross is focusing relief efforts on the northern areas of Lombok where aid has not yet reached.

People ran into the streets and buildings were damaged.

Two deaths have been confirmed as the result of the latest tremor, after it brought down an elderly couple's home while they were still inside.

The US Geological survey reported a 5.2-magnitude natural disaster just off the coast of Lombok between the tourist town of Senggigi and the Gili Islands on Monday at 11.50pm.

Officials have said that the death toll will likely rise as rescuers continue to sift through the rubble.

The death toll from a powerful quake that struck the Indonesian island of Lombok is climbing, and could reach 400, according to an independent Indonesian news service.

A strong aftershock struck Indonesia's Lombok Thursday, causing panic among evacuees already traumatised by a devastating quake that killed more than 160 on the holiday island four days earlier.

It also reported a 5.4-magnitude quake at 2.21am on Tuesday, close to the site of Sunday's 6.9-magnitude quake.

The quake was the second in a week to hit Lombok.

He said they were also looking for people with untreated injuries.

Buildings still standing on the island have been weakened after Sunday's 7.0 quake.

About 200 cars packed with food, medicine and basic supplies were sent to heavily impacted regions in the north and west Thursday morning, Agung Pramuja, a spokesman for Mataram mitigation disaster agency, told AFP.

The latest tremor, the third in over a week, had a magnitude of 6.2, according to Indonesia's geological agency.

Spokesman Arifin Hadi said people need clean water and tarpaulins most of all.

Thousands of tourists visiting Lombok - as well as the nearby Gili Islands and Bali - have been evacuated or have chosen to leave since the weekend.

One aid agency, Yayasan Plan International Indonesia, has warned that thousands of children have been left homeless, forced to sleep in open fields without warm clothing or blankets.

He estimated 75 per cent of houses are damaged in some villages in east and north Lombok. "I do hope the government can help", she said.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes.