The death toll from Monday’s earthquake in Indonesia has risen to at least 268. Among the dead were many children, who were buried under the rubble of school buildings. Rescue services are still searching for 151 people, and more than 58,000 residents have been evacuated.
The death toll from the earthquake that hit the island of Java has risen to 268. The National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said more than 1,000 people were injured and 151 were missing. More than 58,000 residents had to be evacuated from affected areas, and at least 22,000 people were displaced. Buildings damaged. earthquake Visited Java on Monday, the largest island in Indonesia, measured 5.6 on the Richter scale. The epicenter was in Cianjur district, about 120 km northwest of the capital, Jakarta.
Tragic balance sheet
Officials said many of the dead were trapped under collapsed buildings. Schools were also damaged, including 30 primary schools.
“Most of the victims were children who were still in school at 1pm,” said Henri Alviende of Bassarnas.
Because of the scale of the disaster, the hospital in Cianjur did not have enough space to assist the victims. Some of the injured were treated in tents set up in the parking lot, others were delivered with drips on the sidewalk, and medical personnel stitched patients up with a flashlight.
“Everything collapsed under me,” one survivor recalled crying. – Two of my children survived, and I managed to dig them up. I brought two more here, and one is still missing.
Homes ‘buried and swept away’
Cianjur police said the situation in Kojinang province was particularly difficult. This region was cut off from the rest of the world by a massive landslide in the aftermath of the earthquake. Emergency services had difficulty getting to the scene, which was further complicated by power outages and more than 100 aftershocks.
“I am still looking for six relatives, three adults and three children. There were eight houses in this residential area, and they were all buried and swept away,” said a Kojinang resident.
Indonesia is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of high seismic activity, which makes the country relatively frequent with strong earthquakes. In 2004, a 9.1-magnitude earthquake near the island of Sumatra triggered a tsunami that hit 14 countries, killing 226,000 people.
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