Indonesia struggles to get support to quake survivors, rescue continues By Reuters

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© Reuters. Locals are sheltered in a makeshift tent after Monday’s earthquake hit Cianjur, West Java province, Indonesia, November 24, 2022. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana

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By Stefanno Sulaiman

CIANJUR, Indonesia (Reuters) – Indonesian authorities struggled on Thursday to get support to hundreds of evacuees displaced by a lethal earthquake in western Java, as rain-triggered landslides and troublesome mountainous terrain hampered the efforts of rescue groups.

Monday’s 5.6-magnitude earthquake within the city of Cianjur, about 75 km (50 miles) south of the capital Jakarta, killed at the least 271 individuals with 40 lacking, and left many sheltering in tents with scant medical and support provides.

Survivors included a girl who gave beginning at a makeshift medical centre in a tent.

“The circumstances are steep,” President Joko Widodo stated of the rugged terrain as he visited Cianjur. “It is nonetheless raining and there are nonetheless aftershocks. The bottom is shaky, so warning is required.”

Evacuation stays a precedence, he stated, including that he desires to ensure distribution goes nicely. He visited emergency tents, handing out meals to kids.

Suharyanto, the catastrophe mitigation company chief, stated many haven’t obtained support and officers have gathered practically 200 volunteers to assist distribute water, on the spot meals, tents and diapers.

With dozens lacking, rescuers used earth diggers and different heavy equipment to clear mud and particles in quest of victims. Some areas which were minimize off by landslides may solely be reached by helicopter, catastrophe officers have stated.

Search efforts focussed on Cijedil village, the place about 30 individuals have been regarded as buried underneath a landslide, Joshua Banjarnahor of the nationwide search and rescue company, advised reporters.

Rain-soaked slopes and potential landslides have been delaying rescue efforts, the search and rescue company stated on Wednesday, including the chance of discovering survivors was getting slimmer.

Indonesia is among the world’s most earthquake-prone nations, often recording sturdy earthquakes offshore the place fault traces run.

Monday’s quake was notably lethal as a result of it struck a densely populated space at a depth of simply 10 km (6 miles). Poor development requirements additionally precipitated buildings to break down, resulting in many deaths, officers stated.

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