46 dead, 700 injured due to earthquake in Indonesia
by The Canadian Parvasi
Indonesia’s main island, Java was shaken by a 5.6-magnitude earthquake on Monday that caused havoc and destruction to infrastructure and prompted a landslide. So far, the earthquake has reportedly taken at least 46 lives, and injured 700 more.
Herman Suherman, the head of the administration in Cianjur town in West Java, informed local news outlets, “The latest data, 46 people were killed. Victims kept coming from many areas. Around 700 people were injured.”
Suherman cautioned, however, that the actual number of casualties may be higher since the current data is from hospitals and many neighbouring villages are still carrying out evacuation processes.
“We are currently handling people who are in an emergency state in this hospital. The ambulances keep on coming from the villages to the hospital. There are many families in villages that have not been evacuated,” he said.
“Most of them had fractures from being trapped by the ruins of buildings,” he continued.
According to local media reports, shops, a hospital, an Islamic boarding school, and as many as a thousand houses suffered damages due to the earthquake.
Dwikorita Karnawati, the head of Indonesia’s meteorological agency warned, “We call on people to stay outside the buildings for now as there might be potential aftershocks.”
In January of last year, Earthquake-prone-Indonesia’s Sulawesi island also faced an appalling earthquake that took over 100 lives.