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Indonesia’s 5.6-magnitude earthquake kills at least 268

Jakarta (EFE)

According to the latest report from the Indonesian National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB), there have been 268 deaths, 1,083 injuries and 151 people still missing due to the earthquake registered at 1:21 p.m. local time (6:21 GMT) on Monday near the town of Cianjur.

Most of the victims of the quake, which occurred 75 kilometers from Jakarta, were crushed to death by the collapse of buildings, authorities said.

The governor of West Java also reported that many of the victims are children who were at school when the earthquake struck, whose hypocenter was 10 kilometers deep.

Regarding the damage caused in terms of infrastructure, the authorities reported on Tuesday that 22,000 homes were destroyed and more than 58,000 people have been displaced.

The president visits those affected

Indonesian President Joko Widodo visited the affected areas today as emergency services work around the clock to rescue victims from collapsed houses and landslides triggered by the quake.

A photo released by the Indonesian Presidential Palace shows Indonesian President Joko Widodo (c) visiting earthquake-affected villagers at a makeshift shelter in Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia. EFE/EPA/Laily Rachev

Widodo visited the victims staying in tents and promised help to rebuild the destroyed or damaged houses, according to a BNPB statement.

The disaster agency said it is proving difficult to reach some isolated areas as roads have been affected by landslides.

The 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck the province of West Java, the most populous province in Indonesia with almost 50 million inhabitants, and, as of Tuesday morning, 118 aftershocks were registered, with magnitudes between 1.5 and 4.2.

The quake was not very powerful by Indonesian standards, but it was shallow and affected a mountainous area.

According to the newspaper “The Jakarta Globe”, Widodo has promised that the destroyed houses will be rebuilt resistant to the usual earthquakes in this region.

Earthquakes are frequent in the Asian country, which sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of ​​great seismic and volcanic activity in which some 7,000 earthquakes are recorded each year, most of them moderate.

Indonesia’s 5.6-magnitude earthquake kills at least 268

One of the deadliest catastrophes in Indonesia dates back to 2004, when a strong earthquake in the north of the island of Sumatra generated a tsunami that caused more than 226,000 deaths in a dozen nations bordering the Indian Ocean.