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Indonesia earthquake death toll soars over 260

Cianjur, Indonesia — The death toll from the earthquake that shook the Indonesian island of Java on Monday leapt to 268 on Tuesday as extra our bodies had been discovered beneath collapsed buildings, and 151 individuals are nonetheless lacking, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency mentioned. Agency head Suharyanto, who like many Indonesians solely goes by one identify, advised reporters that one other 1,083 folks had been injured within the 5.6 magnitude earthquake that hit Monday afternoon close to the town of Cianjur.  

Cianjur, within the nation’s most densely populated province of West Java, was close to the epicenter of the temblor on Monday afternoon, which despatched terrified residents fleeing into the streets, some lined in blood and particles. 

Blocked roads and broken bridges prevented rescuers from bringing excavators and different heavy tools to the agricultural space to assist dig out survivors till Tuesday.  

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Rescue employees carry the physique of a sufferer in Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia, November 22, 2022, following a 5.6-magnitude earthquake that killed greater than 250 folks.

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One girl advised The Associated Press when the earthquake hit her house in Cianjur, the constructing began “shaking like it was dancing.”

“I was crying and immediately grabbed my husband and children,” mentioned the girl, who gave her identify solely as Partinem. The home collapsed shortly after she escaped along with her household.
 
“If I didn’t pull them out, we might have also been victims,” she mentioned, gazing over the pile of concrete and timber rubble.

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Rescue employees search for victims beneath the ruins of collapsed buildings in Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia, November 22, 2022, following a 5.6-magnitude earthquake that killed greater than 250 folks.

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In addition to these killed, authorities reported greater than 300 folks had been significantly damage and a minimum of 600 extra suffered minor accidents. It was not instantly clear what number of stay lacking. 

In the village of Cijedil, northwest of Cianjur, the quake triggered a landslide that blocked streets and buried a number of homes, and there have been stories that 25 folks had been nonetheless buried, mentioned Henri Alfiandi, the chief of the National Search and Rescue Agency.
 
“We are maximizing operations at several points where it is suspected that there are still casualties. Our team is also trying to reach remote areas,” he mentioned. “For us, all victims are a priority, our goal is to find them and save lives by getting them evacuated as soon as possible and get medical help.”

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People displaced by an earthquake take refuge beneath a makeshift shelter in Cianjur, Indonesia, November 22, 2022.

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With hospitals already overwhelmed, sufferers lay on stretchers and cots in tents arrange exterior, with intravenous drips of their arms as they awaited additional therapy.
 
Many of the lifeless had been public faculty college students who had completed their lessons for the day and had been taking further classes at Islamic faculties when the buildings collapsed, West Java Gov. Ridwan Kamil mentioned.
 
Operations had been centered on a couple of dozen places in Cianjur, the place folks had been nonetheless believed trapped, mentioned Endra Atmawidjaja, the general public works and housing spokesperson.
 
“We are racing against time to rescue people,” Atmawidjaja mentioned, including that seven excavators and 10 giant vehicles had been deployed from neighboring Bandung and Bogor cities to proceed clearing bushes and soil that blocked roads.
 
Cargo vehicles carrying meals, tents, blankets and different provides from Jakarta had been arriving early Tuesday in short-term shelters. Still, 1000’s spent the night time within the open fearing aftershocks.

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Search and rescue employees evacuate a sufferer of a landslide attributable to an earthquake in Cugenang Village, Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia, November 22, 2022.

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“Buildings were completely flattened,” mentioned Dwi Sarmadi, who works for an Islamic instructional basis in a neighboring district.
 
President Joko Widodo visited Cianjur Tuesday to reassure folks of the federal government’s response in reaching these in want.
 
“On behalf of myself and on behalf of the government, I would like to express my deep condolences to the victims and their families in this Cianjur earthquake,” he mentioned after visiting survivors in shelters on a soccer area.
 
He pledged to rebuild infrastructure, together with the primary bridge connecting Cianjur to different cities, and to offer authorities help as much as 50 million rupiah ($3,180) to every resident whose home was broken.
 
Roughly 175,000 folks dwell in Cianjur, a part of a mountainous district of the identical identify with greater than 2.5 million folks. Known for his or her piety, the folks of Cianjur dwell largely in cities of one- and two-story buildings and in smaller properties within the surrounding countryside.
 
Kamil mentioned greater than 13,000 folks whose properties had been closely broken had been taken to evacuation facilities. Outside the Cianjur Regional Hospital, a whole lot waited for therapy.

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Earthquake victims watch for therapy exterior the Cimacan Regional General Hospital in Cianjur, Indonesia, November 22, 2022.

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“I was working inside my office building. The building was not damaged, but as the quake shook very strongly, many things fell. My leg was hit by heavy stuff,” Sarmadi mentioned.

He was ready close to a tent exterior the hospital after some overwhelmed clinics had been unable to see him. Many folks had been coming in worse form. “I really hope they can handle me soon,” he mentioned.
 
Hasan, a development employee who, like many Indonesians makes use of one identify, was additionally one of many survivors who was taken to the hospital.
 
“I fainted. It was very strong,” Hasan recalled. “I saw my friends running to escape from the building. But it was too late to get out and I was hit by the wall.”
 
The quake struck at a depth of 6.2 miles. It additionally prompted panic within the better Jakarta space, a couple of three hour-drive away, the place high-rises swayed and a few folks evacuated.
 
The nation of greater than 270 million folks is ceaselessly struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis due to its location on the arc of volcanoes and fault traces within the Pacific Basin often called the “Ring of Fire.”
 
In February, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed a minimum of 25 folks and injured greater than 460 in West Sumatra province. In January 2021, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed greater than 100 folks and injured almost 6,500 in West Sulawesi province.

A robust Indian Ocean quake and tsunami in 2004 killed almost 230,000 folks in a dozen nations, most of them in Indonesia.

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