Many children among the 252 dead in the Indonesian earthquake
The toll of Monday's earthquake on the island of Java, the worst populated by Indonesia, continues to increase. The latest provisional balance of the authorities states that 252 people have died as a result of the 5.6 magnitude earthquakeon the Richter scale, another 30 are still missing and about 375 have been injured. Among the victims are numerous children, after at least one school collapsed. Rescue teams are now working to try to rescue the minors trapped under the rubble. The earthquake has also left more than 7,000 displaced people.
“Ten towns have been affected by the strong earthquake in the Cianjur regency“, the local authorities have pointed out after emphasizing that the balance is still provisional. “Please, pray for Cianjur”, they added. The earthquake has also caused serious damage to the city. 2,834 homes and buildings, including 13 educational centers, five health centers, five places of worship, two bridges and two roads.
The landslides and mountainous terrain of western Java The areas where the earthquake occurred are hampering rescue efforts, according to the head of the national emergency service (Basarnas), Henri Alfiandi. “The affected area is very extensive, that is the main difficulty. To which must be added that the roads in these villages are damaged” Alfiandi. “Themost of the victims are children because they were still at school at 1:00 p.m.,” referring to the local time that the disaster occurred.
The President of Indonesia , Joko Widodo , has paid a visit to the affected area and has stressed that “the process of evacuation and rescue must be prioritized. >”, while expressing his condolences to the victims of the earthquake.
Although large earthquakes are relatively common in Indonesia, generally in the maritime regions where the Aside from plate tectonics, Monday's milder quake had such a deadly impact because it struck so shallow. According to the authorities, the precariousness of the houses in the area meant that many residents were buried under their houses.