According to army chief Dudung Abdurachman, the bodies of 14 people buried in a landslide resulting from Monday’s quake were found on Tuesday. “We’re still looking for victims,” he said. A whole cafe had been buried by masses of earth.
“We don’t know if anyone was able to escape.” The emergency services tried with excavators and dump trucks to dig access to areas cut off from the outside world by mudslides. The destruction is massive.
Shortage of medical staff, power outages in hospitals
The earthquake occurred on Monday afternoon (local time) about 70 kilometers south-east of the capital Jakarta at a depth of ten kilometers. According to the USGS, the epicenter of the quake was near Cianjur in the province of West Java, where the most severe damage is also occurring. Many of the injured could not be treated because there were not enough staff, said the head of the municipality of the most affected city of Cianjur, Herman Suherman.
In several hospitals, the power went out for hours because of the earthquake, and the doctors treated the injured on the street. The power supply had been partially restored by the evening.
Cianjur Police Chief Doni Hermawan said on Metro TV a woman and baby were rescued after a landslide. Another buried person had succumbed to his injuries. Pictures of destroyed houses and streets could be seen on television. Many of the victims were killed by debris from their collapsing houses, said the head of national civil protection.
search for missing persons
After the devastating earthquake on the Indonesian island of Java, the search for buried and missing people is in full swing. Over 160 people have died so far, but the death toll is expected to continue to rise.
No major damage reported from Jakarta
The tremors also shook high-rise buildings in the capital Jakarta, around 100 kilometers to the south. People ran outside in panic, but no major damage or injuries were reported from the capital. Local media reported severe damage to a hospital, an Islamic boarding school and various businesses.
Indonesia’s meteorological agency warned people in the hardest-hit region of aftershocks. They should remain outdoors for the time being, said agency chief Dwikorita Karnawati.
Because of Indonesia’s location on the Pacific Ring of Fire, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are common in the Southeast Asian country. In January last year, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, killing more than 100 people. Thousands of people lost their homes.