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Indonesia Quake Toll Reaches 310 as More Bodies Found

Indonesia Quake Toll Reaches 310 as More Bodies Found

Friday, 25 November, 2022 - 14:45
A man cries before the funeral of his child who was found dead after Monday's earthquake in Cianjur, West Java province, Indonesia, November 25, 2022, in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Raisan Al Farisi/ via REUTERS

The death toll from an earthquake that struck Indonesia's Java island early this week rose to 310 after rescuers found more bodies under landslides, an official said. At least 24 people remain missing.


In devastated towns in western Java, residents gathered near badly damaged mosques for Friday prayers. Others held prayers along with rescuers between the tents at evacuation centers.


Bodies were recovered Friday in two areas of mountainous Cianjur district where landslides triggered by Monday’s quake brought tons of mud, rocks and broken trees, said Henri Alfiandi, chief of the National Search and Rescue Agency.


More than 1,400 rescuers have been searching through the rubble since the magnitude 5.6 quake, which injured more than 2,000 people.


The head of the National Disaster Management Agency, Suharyanto, who uses one name, said rescuers will continue searching until rebuilding begins.


“We will do it up to the last person. There is no reduction whatsoever, in strength, enthusiasm, or the equipment,” Suharyanto said.


He said distribution of food and other aid is improving and is reaching more people in 110 evacuation locations.


The disaster agency said the earthquake damaged at least 56,000 houses and displaced at least 36,000 people.


Hundreds of public facilities were destroyed, including 363 schools.


Aftershocks and rain continue to hamper search efforts, preventing heavy machinery being deployed in some locations, a search and rescue official said.


Indonesia is one of the world's most earthquake-prone nations, regularly recording strong earthquakes offshore where fault lines run.


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