Indonesia earthquake death toll rises to 268… difficulty with rescue work

Yesterday (21st), the death toll from a magnitude 5.6 earthquake in West Java, Indonesia, has risen to 268.

Indonesian disaster authorities said on the 22nd that at least 268 people had been killed and 151 people were missing.

He added that many of the dead were children.

More than 1,000 people were injured in the earthquake, the head of Indonesia’s National Disaster Prevention Agency (BNPB) told reporters.

In addition, around 58,000 people were displaced and around 22,000 houses were damaged.

Local rescue officials said landslides and rough terrain caused by the earthquake were hampering rescue efforts, and roads were destroyed.

In Indonesia, strong earthquakes of magnitude 6 or 7 are common offshore where fault lines pass, but this earthquake, although smaller, had fatal consequences because it occurred on land at a shallow depth, he analyzed Reuters.

West Java, where the earthquake hit this time, is about 75 km south-east of Jakarta, the capital.

VOA News

* This article was sourced from Reuters.

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