As a result of the earthquake in Indonesia, the death toll has reached 310 people

The death toll from Monday’s catastrophic earthquake in Indonesia’s most populous province has risen to 310, officials said Friday, after rescue efforts were hampered by heavy rains, landslides, road closures, downed communication lines and strong aftershocks. As the search continues, 24 people are missing.

Authorities put the death toll from the shallow 5.6-magnitude earthquake that shook the mountainous region and caused destruction across large swaths of isolated villages separated by mountainous roads to 272 on Thursday afternoon. Some local officials said the numbers previously provided by the central government were low, in part because some families buried their dead immediately after the earthquake, before responders reached their villages. Officials said they were working on cross-checking the data by collecting death certificates or recording the identities of the victims from cemeteries of all the affected villages.

The earthquake in Cianjur, an agricultural region in West Java province famous for its rice, destroyed tens of thousands of homes and triggered massive landslides that engulfed entire communities. Officials said in the days after the quake that about a third of the dead were children trapped in collapsed houses or schools in a village with poor building standards.

Even for Indonesia, where earthquakes and other natural disasters occur virtually every day, the number of dead and injured, as well as the displacement of tens of thousands of people, was high. Officials said the sloping terrain and unstable ground affected the extent of the damage.

More than two days after the earthquake, some villages remained inaccessible by land, which was particularly devastating because the epicenter was only 6 miles deep, meaning that the seismic waves had less power traveling toward the earth’s surface. Strong tremors were also felt in the capital, Jakarta, 60 miles away.

Indonesia is an archipelago of about 270 million people sitting at the intersection of several tectonic plates and along an arc of volcanoes and fault lines. Devastation from strong earthquakes has been exacerbated by landslides caused by deforestation, small-scale mining and urban development.