Death toll from Cianjur quake rises to 318

November 27, 2022, 1:46 pm

<p>A press conference on the Cianjur earthquake, which was followed from Jakarta on Saturday (Nov. 26, 2022).<em> (ANTARA PHOTO/Indriani/rst)</em></p>

A press conference on the Cianjur earthquake, which was followed from Jakarta on Saturday (Nov. 26, 2022). (ANTARA PHOTO/Indriani/rst)

JAKARTA – The death toll from the earthquake in Cianjur district, West Java, climbed to 318 on Saturday, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said.

"Data on Saturday showed that 318 people have died. Until 5 p.m. local time today, we have found another eight bodies," deputy III of BNPB, Major General Fajar Setyawan, said at a virtual press conference, which was followed from Jakarta on Saturday.

He said 14 people were still missing.

Meanwhile, the number of people injured in the quake stood at 7,729. Of the total, 595 suffered severe injuries and 7,134 sustained light injuries.

At least 108 severely injured people were treated at the hospital.

"Those who have minor injuries already returned to their homes," Setyawan said.

Further, 73,693 people were taking shelter in refugee camps as of Saturday, he said.

Meanwhile, the number of homes damaged in the earthquake was recorded at 58,049, he added.

Around 25,186 houses were seriously damaged, 12,496 moderately damaged, and 20,367 houses were lightly damaged.

The damaged infrastructure included 368 schools, 144 places of worship, 14 health facilities and 16 buildings or offices.

A total of 16 districts and 146 villages were affected by the earthquake.

"Until Saturday, we deployed a helicopter unit to map remote areas that are difficult to reach by vehicles. We also deployed motorbikes to reach places that vehicles cannot go through," he added.

So far, 3,000 food packages, 6,000 blankets, 5,000 pieces of bedding, 500 saltwater lamps, 1,000 hygiene kits, 500 mattresses, and 10 generator sets, among others, have been distributed for quake-affected residents.

The assistance has been distributed to 16 sub-districts in Cianjur, he said.

According to the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), the 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck Cianjur district, West Java, at 1:21 p.m. local time on Nov. 21, 2022.

It was centered 10 kilometers southwest of the district at a depth of 10 kilometers. It did not have the potential to trigger a tsunami. (Antara)