Java Quake Has Killed 162 And Injured Hundreds In Indonesia

Hundreds of people were taken to hospitals, with many being treated on the street. Rescuers worked late into the night to try to save others who were believed to be trapped beneath collapsed buildings.

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Java Quake Has Killed 162 And Injured Hundreds In Indonesia.

According to regional governor Ridwan Kamil, an earthquake on Indonesia’s main island of Java has killed at least 162 people and injured hundreds more.

According to US Geological Survey data, the 5.6 magnitude quake struck Cianjur town in West Java at a shallow depth of 10km (six miles).

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Hundreds of people were taken to hospitals, with many being treated on the street.
Rescuers worked late into the night to try to save others who were believed to be trapped beneath collapsed buildings.

The quake’s epicentre is densely populated and prone to landslides, with many poorly constructed houses reduced to rubble. There are conflicting reports on the exact number of deaths, and it is difficult to obtain a definitive figure while the search and rescue operation continues.

According to the most recent available data, Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) reported that at least 62 people had died.

Mr Kamil told local media that the disaster had displaced more than 13,000 people. More than 700 people were injured, according to West Java’s governor, and over 2,200 homes were damaged, according to the BNPB.

Mr Kamil predicted that the number of injuries and fatalities would rise because “a lot of people” remained trapped at the scene. According to Herman Suherman, the head of administration in Cianjur town, the majority of injuries were bone fractures caused by people becoming trapped by debris in buildings.

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“The ambulances keep on coming from the villages to the hospital. There are many families in villages that have not been evacuated,” according to a report from AFP.

Many of the injured were treated outside in a hospital parking lot after the hospital lost power for several hours following the quake, according to West Java’s governor.

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