Indonesia earthquake: Death toll rises to 268; Over 22,000 houses destroyed

Indonesia earthquake: The death toll from an earthquake that hit Indonesia’s Cianjur town in western Java on Monday has risen to 268, many of them children, with 151 still missing, disaster relief officials said on Tuesday.

More than 22,000 homes were destroyed and over 58,000 people have been displaced, country’s National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) Major General Suharyanto said, as reported by CNN.

The 5.6-magnitude quake hit the Cianjur region in West Java about 1:21 p.m. local time on Monday at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), causing buildings to collapse while school classes were underway.

The scale of the death and destruction caused by the quake became increasingly clear on Tuesday, after earlier discrepancies in the reported death toll were reported by officials.

West Java governor Ridwan Kamil, on late Monday, said that the majority of those who died were children.

“Many were public school students who had finished their regular classes and were taking extra lessons at Islamic schools,” he said.

Earthquakes are common in Indonesia, which sits on the “ring of fire” area of tectonic activity in the Pacific.

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