The death toll rose to 23 from a series of earthquakes in Indonesia's Sumatra and nearly 90 people were injured as aftershocks continue rattled the western coast of the island, officials said on Sunday.
An official at the National Disaster Management Centre said more than 13,000 homes and other buildings were destroyed or damaged.
A powerful 8.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the Sumatran coast September 12, and has been followed by more than 50 aftershocks and various tsunami warnings that proved to be unfounded.
Rustam Pakaya, an official at the health ministry's crisis centre said as of Sunday, a total of 23 people had died in Bengkulu and West Sumatra provinces, the two regions closest to the quake's epicentre, and 88 people had been injured.
In the Mentawai islands, off the western coast of Sumatra, hundreds of people were said to be without food and emergency medical assistance, daily Media Indonesia reported.
Indonesia lies on a vulnerable quake-hit zone so called "the Pacific Ring of Fire," where continental plates meet, resulting in frequent seismic and volcanic activities.
On December 2004, a massive 9.0-magnitude- earthquake triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in 14 Indian Ocean countries, claiming 177,000 people alone in Indonesia's Aceh province, which lies on the northern tip of Sumatra.
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