Cianjur Earthquake: Death Toll Reaches 268 People

23 November 2022 00:10

Death toll from Indonesia's Cianjur earthquake skyrocketed to 268 on, Tuesday (22/11/2022) afternoon. According to the Head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) while evacuation efforts are ongoing during emergency response.

Lieutenant Colonel Suharyanto said during a press briefing in Cianjur that over 150 people are reportedly missing. While over one thousand 800 others are wounded. Emergency response efforts have been focusing on rescuing those buried under the ruins of collapsed buildings and houses, as well as clearing roads from landslide materials to ease the connectivity access to send aid.

A magnitude 5,6 earthquake rattled Cianjur regency on Monday (21/11/2022) afternoon, causing thousands of houses damaged and collapsed. Many victims suffer bone fractures because they were hit by collapsed structures.

President Joko Widodo who visited the disaster-prone area on Tuesday (22/11/2022) has ordered related institutions, the public works, and public housings ministry the national police and the military to first clear roads from landslide materials while rescuers have been trying to evacuate victims.

According to the meteorology, climatology, and geophysics agency, Monday's earthquake was a vicennial tremor.