The death toll in the massive earthquake in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta on Monday has risen to 268. The number has increased after the bodies buried in the debris were recovered. 151 people are still being reported missing. The intensity of this earthquake was measured at 5.6 on the Richter scale.
Suharyanto, head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, says that 1,083 people have been injured in the earthquake. He said that our full attention is on the search and rescue operation. This is our priority.
Explain that the epicenter of the earthquake was close to the city of Cianjur in a mountainous region of Indonesia’s most populous province. People got scared due to the tremors of the earthquake on Monday afternoon and were forced to leave their homes and run on the streets. Buildings collapsed due to the earthquake. The parking lot of the hospital in Cianjur was filled with victims throughout the night. Some were treated in makeshift tents. Others were put on a drip on the pavement. While the health workers stitched the patients in the light of the torch.
According to the BNPB, the quake was felt some 75 km (45 miles) away in the capital, Jakarta. The earthquake damaged at least 2,200 homes and displaced more than 5,000 people.
Explain that there has been a history of devastating earthquakes in Indonesia. In 2004, a magnitude 9.1 earthquake struck the island of Sumatra in northern Indonesia, affecting 14 countries. 226,000 people were killed on the Indian Ocean coast, more than half of them Indonesians.