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Indonesia earthquake: Many schoolchildren among 268 killed in West Java

Many children killed when their schools collapsed are among the 268 dead following an earthquake that devastated a town in Indonesia.

More than 1,000 people were injured and 58,000 displaced after the 5.6-magnitude quake struck in mountains in West Java on Monday, causing significant damage to the town of Cianjur and burying at least one village under a landslide.

At least 151 people remain missing, with the authorities warning the death toll was likely to rise further.

Around 22,000 houses were damaged.

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Landslides and rough terrain were hampering rescue efforts, said Henri Alfiandi, head of National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas).

Excavators, trucks and other heavy equipment were sent overnight to the hardest-hit city of Cianjur, south of Jakarta.

Blocked roads and damaged bridges prevented rescuers from bringing excavators and heavy equipment needed to move concrete rubble to the rural area until Tuesday.

West Java’s governor Ridwan Kamil said on Monday: “The majority of those who died were children.”

He added that many were public school students who had finished their regular classes and were taking extra lessons at Islamic schools.

A man carries an injured child to receive treatment at a hospital, after an earthquake hit in Cianjur, West Java province, Indonesia Pic:Antara Foto/Reuters
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A man carries an injured child to receive treatment at a hospital. Pic: Antara Foto/Reuters

The earthquake hit the Cianjur region in West Java province at a depth of 6.2 miles, according to the US Geological Survey.

Twenty-five aftershocks were recorded in two hours after the quake, according to the weather and geophysics agency BMKG.

Roughly 175,000 people live in the town of Cianjur, part of a mountainous district of the same name with more than 2.5 million people.


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