Indonesians pray outdoor after lethal quake destroys city By Reuters

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© Reuters. Muslim males pray throughout Friday prayers at a volleyball discipline, as their nearest mosque was broken following Monday’s earthquake, in Cianjur, West Java province, Indonesia, November 25, 2022. REUTERS/Stefanno Sulaiman

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By Stefanno Sulaiman

CIANJUR, Indonesia (Reuters) – A whole bunch of Indonesians prayed out within the open subsequent to rice paddies and within the streets on Friday, after an earthquake flattened their city in western Java and left almost 300 of their group lifeless.

Muslim cleric Muhamad Jamhur led a congregation in prayer in an outside volleyball courtroom simply 200 metres (0.1 miles) from a mosque whose partitions had been left cracked and home windows shattered by the shallow 5.6-magnitude quake that hit the city of Cianjur, about 75 km south of the capital Jakarta, earlier this week.

“After the catastrophe, we’re nonetheless afraid. So we needed to transfer right here on this volleyball courtroom, not in a mosque. I requested the congregation to remain on guard as a result of catastrophe would possibly strike once more,” Muhamad, 52, stated.

A whole bunch of aftershocks have rattled the mountainous area, the place grieving and traumatised residents are sheltering in tents, awaiting provides of meals, water, and medicines which were slowed by heavy rains and landslides.

Meals vendor Asep Hidayat, who like many others misplaced his home within the quake, stated he was grateful to have the ability to be part of within the prayers, even when not in a mosque.

“Prayer nonetheless must go on, regardless that we’re in a shelter, prayer is an obligation,” he stated.

Indonesia’s inhabitants is predominantly Muslim.

Rescue groups on Friday continued efforts to clear mud and particles and pull out any victims. About 40 folks stay lacking, however hopes of discovering them alive are slim, the catastrophe mitigation company stated.

Indonesia is without doubt one of the world’s most earthquake-prone nations, recurrently recording sturdy earthquakes offshore the place fault strains run.

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

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