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Indonesia earthquake: At least 162 dead as quake jolts Java, triggers landslide

Edited By: Divya Thearia

Written By: Bhumi

22 November 2022 (New Delhi): More than 160 people have been killed in a 5.6-magnitude earthquake that hit Indonesia’s West Java province on Monday at 1:21 p.m. local time, according to local officials. Disaster management officials in Cianjur regency, near the epicentre of the quake, released a statement late Monday saying that at least 162 people died and hundreds more were injured in the disaster, believed to be the deadliest this year in Indonesia, an earthquake-prone country. This marked a significant jump from figures released earlier in the day and reflected ongoing efforts to extract victims from the rubble.

5.6-magnitude earthquake in Indonesia’s West Java province has risen to 166, according to its governor. Some 326 people have also been injured, with varying degrees of severity, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said at a news conference.The quake hit the Cianjur region in West Java on Monday at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles), according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).The earthquake has displaced 13,782 people, all of whom will be accommodated across 14 refugee camp sites. At least 2,345 homes have been damaged. Four schools and 52 houses collapsed or were badly damaged, according to the local office of the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB). A mosque and a hospital were also damaged, according to the agency. More than 2,200 houses have been damaged, according to officials, with approximately 13,000 people displaced. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake occurred at a depth of only six miles (10 kilometers), making it more devastating. Local television footage showed scenes of chaos as crowds of injured people, some bandaged and bleeding, rushed to hospitals and clinics for treatment. Some were taken to ambulances, but others, including young children, were rushed on motorcycles or carried by relatives, witnesses said. Patients at Cianjur Hospital, some on stretchers, had to be evacuated outside for fear that the building could collapse. Some members of the crowd ran inside to retrieve tables and others equipped to carry the injured to safe locations.

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