Indonesia cuts earthquake death toll from 162 to 103 as it works around the clock to locate survivors

Indonesia cuts earthquake death toll from 162 to 103 as it works around the clock to locate survivors

The National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) of Indonesia encoded this Tuesday in 103 the dead for him 5.6 magnitude earthquake that shook West Java province the day beforethe most populous in the country, and which also left nearly 400 injured and at least 25 missing.

According to the latest bulletin released by the agency, most of the victims died because “they were crushed by the rubble of a building as it collapsed” in the earthquake, which was recorded at 1:21 p.m. local time (6:21 GMT). on Monday near the town of Cianjur.

The day before, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil reported 162 deaths, although this Tuesday BNPB put the number of deaths confirmed so far at 103.


At least 162 people have died in the quake and field hospitals have been set up to treat the injured.

While the exact death toll is still uncertain, Indonesian authorities agree the number of deaths is likely to increase in the next few hours amidst the chaos caused by the quake and the risks of new landslides, which are quite common in this region.

BNPB “continues to collect data on the number of deaths, Damage to infrastructure, refugee camps and urgent needs,” the institution said in the report.

At least according to the report 25 people are still missingTherefore, on Tuesday, the search and rescue teams intensified their work against the clock to locate and rescue possible survivors of the tragedy.

“To date, up to 25 residents have been buried under the rubble of the buildings. Data shows that several of these residents have been identified in the village of Cijedil,” said the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB, in Indonesian).

BNPB chief Suharyanto said in a statement on Tuesday that the search and rescue teams’ priority is to locate and find the person Evacuate victims as soon as possibleand to help the injured.

hundreds injured

The National Agency also updated from 92 to 390 the number of people injured after the earthquake, the majority in the district of Cianjur, while the total number displaced people so far cheated 7,060.

Likewise, the authorities reported in relation to the damage caused in relation to infrastructure 3,075 homes suffered minor damage, 33 moderate damage and 59 severe damage.

A man carries his belongings out of his damaged home after a 5.6 magnitude earthquake in Cianjur, Indonesia, November 22, 2022.
A man carries his belongings out of his damaged home after a 5.6 magnitude earthquake in Cianjur, Indonesia, November 22, 2022.
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The 5.6-magnitude quake shook West Java province, Indonesia’s most populous province with nearly 50 million people, and 118 aftershocks ranging in magnitude from 1.5 to 4.2 were recorded on Tuesday morning.

Earthquakes are common in the Asian country that lies on what is known as the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of ​​great seismic and volcanic activity that records about 7,000 earthquakes each year, most of them moderately severe.

One of the deadliest disasters in Indonesia dates back to 2004, when a strong earthquake struck the north of the island Sumatra generated a tsunami that caused more than 226,000 muertos in a dozen nations lapped by the Indian Ocean.

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