JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesia reported that 46 people were killed and about 700 injured after a 5.6-magnitude quake hit West Java on Monday, Nov. 21, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).
“We have just received an information from the regent of Cianjur [in West Java] that 46 people were killed and sent to the Cianjur Regional General Hospital,” BNPB head Suharyanto told a virtual press conference.
The latest data from the agency said that the death toll rose to 46 from 17. The agency collected the data from several sub-districts in Silaku, Cianjur and Cugenang.
Meanwhile, most of the 700 injured people are suffering from broken bones after falling from building collapse.
“About 700 people have been injured, causing by falling objects. The number of victims and injuries may continue to rise,” he said.
Suharyanto said that the earthquake occurred during day time when most people stayed inside their homes. Besides, most of their houses were not designed to withstand earthquake.
“When the quake strikes, the house will immediately collapse. It is our joint work on how to build houses that can withstand earthquake,” he said.
The earthquake struck Cianjur regency at 1:21 pm on Monday. The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported 25 aftershocks.
(Writer: Fika Nurul Ulya | Editor: Icha Rastika)
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