The number of people who died in the earthquake in Indonesia has reached 252 people

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  • 252 people died as a result of Monday’s earthquake on the Indonesian island of Java.
  • Among the dead are several children who were going to school at the time.
  • Houses in Cugenang district are under landslides.

Officials said Tuesday that 252 children were among the 252 killed in an earthquake that devastated a town on Indonesia’s main island of Java, many of whom were killed when schools collapsed.

Rescuers are racing to reach people trapped in the rubble.

Hundreds of people were injured in Monday’s earthquake, and officials warned that the death toll could rise.

A 5.6-magnitude shallow earthquake hit the mountains in Indonesia’s most populous West Java province, causing serious damage to the city of Cianjur and at least one village under landslides.

The head of the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), Henri Alfiandi, said that landslides and terrain obstacles hindered rescue efforts.

More than 13,000 people have been evacuated, Alfiandi told a news conference: “The difficulty is the spread of the affected area… Moreover, the roads in these villages have been damaged.”

He said:

Most of the dead are children because they were still at school at 1:00 p.m.

According to officials, most of the dead were people trapped under the collapsed buildings.

President Joko Widodo flew to Cianjur on Tuesday to encourage rescuers.

“My instruction is to prioritize the evacuation of victims who are still under the rubble,” said the president, known as Jokowi.

He expressed his condolences to the victims and promised immediate government support. According to him, earthquake-resistant apartments should be included in the reconstruction works.

The survivors spent the night in the Cianjur hospital parking lot. Some of the wounded were treated in tents, while others were strapped to intravenous drips on the pavement, as paramedics stitched up patients by torchlight.

A 48-year-old resident named Cucu said:

Everything collapsed on me and I was crushed under this child.

“Two of my children survived, I dug them up… I brought two more here, and one is still missing,” she said through tears.

“A lot of bodies are lying in the hospital grounds, it’s very crowded,” said his relative Hestie.

Images from Kompas TV show cardboard signs of people asking for food and shelter, and ambulances have yet to arrive.

National police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo Antara told the state news agency that hundreds of police officers had been mobilized to help with the rescue efforts.

“The main task of the private team today is to focus on the evacuation of the victims,” ​​he said.

‘swept away’

The number of people who died as a result of the earthquake reached 252, the district government wrote on social media. According to the National Disaster Agency (BNPB), the death toll has reached 103, and 31 people are missing.

Cianjur police chief told Metro TV that 20 people were evacuated from Cugenang district, where the most people died, and residents reported missing family members.

The area closed the entrance to the area due to a landslide caused by the earthquake.

Zainuddin, a resident of Cugenang, said:

At least six of my relatives, three adults and three children, are still missing.

“If it was just an earthquake, only the houses would be blown down, but this is worse because of the landslide. There were eight houses in this residential area, all of them were buried and carried away.”

Rescue operations were hampered by power outages in some areas and more than 100 aftershocks.

Indonesia’s so-called Ring of Fire, a highly seismically active zone where different plates in the Earth’s crust meet, has a history of devastating earthquakes.

In 2004, a 9.1-magnitude earthquake on the island of Sumatra in northern Indonesia triggered a tsunami that hit 14 countries and killed 226,000 people.