The Java earthquake in Indonesia has left scores of people dead and hundreds wounded.

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A collapsed school building in Cianjur, West Java

On the Indonesian island of Java, many of the dead and injured were youngsters who were attending school at the time of the earthquake, according to rescuers.

Aprizal Mulyadi, 14, claimed that as “the room fell, my legs were crushed under the rubble,” he became trapped.

According to him, Zulfikar pushed him to safety before he himself got arrested and died.

Thousands of people are now homeless as a result of more than 100 fatalities, and search teams are frantically hunting for survivors.

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake that occurred on Monday in a mountainous area triggered landslides that buried entire villages close to the town of Cianjur in West Java.

Victims were crushed or imprisoned by walls and roofs that fell. Aprizal stated, “It all happened so quickly,” to the AFP news agency.

An official from the National Search and Rescue Agency also revealed that the majority of the deceased were young people.

A damaged classroom in Cianjur, West Java

Since they were still in school at one in the afternoon, according to Henri Alfiandi, “the majority of the victims are children.”

The earthquake, which occurred at a shallow depth of 10 km, was followed by several aftershocks. That significantly damaged the area as substandard structures quickly collapsed.

A family in the town of Cibereum was looking for the body of a 28-year-old man. Who had been crushed to death when the other levels of the home collapsed on him.

Rescue workers fought to pick through the trash.

“Where the victim was crushed, we need to drill a hole through the concrete of the second story. However, the corpse has been located “According to the BBC, a military spokesperson named First Sergeant Payakun.

According to the authorities, at least 2,200 homes have been entirely destroyed, and over 13,000 people have been evacuated.

President Joko Widodo visited the remote disaster location on Tuesday and was pictured with rescue personnel.

The guy said, “My directive is to prioritize rescuing victims who are still trapped under rubble.”

To aid in the rescue attempt, authorities have sent hundreds of police officers and other rescuers to the area.

Additionally, Mr. Jokowi promised to provide emergency aid and compensate impacted areas.

The 103 verified fatalities and 31 unaccounted-for individuals were reported earlier on Tuesday by Indonesia’s national. Disaster response organization, the BNPB. They have issued an alert that this figure is likely to rise.

Map showing location of earthquake in Indonesia

Ridwan Kamil, the region’s governor, had earlier tweeted that 162 people had died. And at least 300 had been hurt; however. The national agency had not yet been able to confirm that number.

In Indonesia, Earthquakes are known to be very common which is in the area named. “Ring of Fire” in the pacific tectonic activity .

The country has a total history of earthquakes the 2018 Sulawesi quake in Indonesia. And was killed more than 2,000 lives.

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