Senjur (Indonesia), November 22 (SO News/Agency) The number of people killed in the earthquake in the Indonesian island of Java increased to 268 on Tuesday. More bodies were recovered from the rubble of the collapsed buildings.
151 people are still missing. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency informed this. Agency chief Suharinto told media representatives that 1,083 people were injured in the 5.6-magnitude earthquake on Monday afternoon. Officials say 300 people were seriously injured and at least 600 suffered minor injuries.
Pharmacies are full. Patients are being given IVs on stretchers outside hospitals and on beds in tents. Most of the dead are government school students whose Madrasas-i-Diniya were having extra classes. West Java Governor Rizwan Kamil said the buildings collapsed. Damage to roads and bridges and disruption of power supply hampered initial rescue and relief efforts.
Due to the accumulation of debris on the roads, heavy equipment could not be brought in. Today, electricity supply and telephone communication began to improve. Trucks carrying food, tents, blankets and other supplies from the capital Jakarta began arriving at the temporary shelters on Tuesday morning. Many people are living under the open sky for fear of aftershocks.
Devi Sarmadi, who works at the Islamic Education Foundation, said that the buildings have completely collapsed. President Joko Widodo visited the affected area today. He pledged to rebuild the infrastructure. He said that the government will give assistance of 50 million rupees (3180 US dollars) per person to those whose houses have been damaged.
Indonesia, a country with a population of 27 million people, is prone to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis every day. This country is located in the basin of the Pacific Ocean which is called “Ring of Fire”. In February, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed 25 people in the western province of Sumatra. In January 2021, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck the western province of Sylvaisi, killing more than 100 people.