A powerful, shallow earthquake toppled buildings and walls on Indonesia’s densely populated main island on Monday, killing at least 162 people and injuring hundreds more as residents fled into the streets , some covered in blood and debris. Officials were gathering information on the toll of people injured and killed by the quake in the remote area. West Java governor Ridwan Kamil said on Instagram that 162 people had been killed and 326 injured. “The majority of those who died were children,” he said.
Many were public school students who had completed their regular classes for the day and were taking additional classes at Islamic schools, he said. Cianjur is known to have a large number of Islamic boarding schools and mosques. “So many incidents happened in several Islamic schools,” he said.
He said more than 13,000 people whose homes had been badly damaged were being taken to evacuation centres. Rescuers treated the injured on stretchers and blankets outside hospitals, on terraces and in parking lots in the Cianjur area, about a three-hour drive from the capital, Java. The injured, including children, were given oxygen masks and IV lines and were resuscitated.
“I passed out. It was very strong,” said Hasan, a construction worker who, like many Indonesians, uses only one name. “I saw my friends running to escape from the building. was too late to come out and I was hit by the wall “Residents, some crying and holding children, fled damaged houses after the 5.6 magnitude earthquake shook the region of West Java province in the late afternoon, at a depth of 10 kilometers.
It also caused panic in the greater Jakarta area, where skyscrapers swayed and some people were evacuated. Rescue teams and civilians in Cianjur were searching for people buried in collapsed brick houses. In many houses, pieces of concrete and tiles fell inside the rooms. Trader Dewi Risma was working with clients when the earthquake hit, and she ran for the exit. “Vehicles on the road stopped because the quake was very strong,” she said. “I felt it shaking three times, but the first was the strongest for about 10 seconds. The roof of the store next to the store I work in collapsed and people said two people were hit .”
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said the death toll has reached 62 and hundreds have been injured. More than 5,000 people are evacuated. Twenty-five people are still buried in the rubble of Cijedil village, agency spokesman Abdul Muhari said. The BNPB said more than 2,200 homes had been damaged and more than 5,300 people had been displaced. Cianjur Police said the death toll was likely to rise as so many people were trapped under the rubble of crumbling buildings. Electricity was down, disrupting communications, authorities said, while landslides blocked evacuations in some areas.
Several landslides have closed roads around the Cianjur district. Among the dozens of buildings that were damaged were an Islamic boarding school, a hospital and other public facilities, the agency said.
Kamil said local government, national police and the Indonesian military are still collecting information. He said 88 aftershocks were recorded while weather agency BMKG warned of more landslides in the event of heavy rain. Indonesia straddles the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fire”, a very seismically active zone, where different plates of the earth’s crust meet and create a large number of earthquakes and volcanoes. In 2004, a magnitude 9.1 earthquake off the island of Sumatra in northern Indonesia triggered a tsunami that hit 14 countries, killing 226,000 people along the coast of Indonesia. Indian Ocean.

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