Java quake kills scores and injures hundreds in Indonesia

By Rek Hanibal Published on November 22, 2022
Java quake kills scores and injures hundreds in Indonesia

The 5.6 magnitude quake struck Cianjur town in West Java, at a shallow depth of 10km (6 miles), according to US Geological Survey data.

Scores of people were taken to the hospital, with many treated outside.

Rescuers have worked through the night to save others thought to be still trapped under collapsed buildings.

The area where the quake struck is densely populated and prone to landslides, with poorly built houses reduced to rubble in many areas.

The exact number of people killed so far remains unclear. Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has said their official death toll was 103, adding that another figure given by regional governor Ridwan Kamil - 162 - remains unverified.

BNPB said another 390 people were wounded, and 7,000 people had taken shelter in various locations in the area.

Mr Kamil has claimed that the disaster had displaced 13,000 and that more remained "trapped in isolated places". He said officials were "under the assumption that the number of injured and deaths will rise with time".

Rek Hanibal

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