Death toll from earthquake in Indonesia rises to more than

Death toll from earthquake in Indonesia rises to more than 160; most children

The balance of deaths caused by the earthquake of magnitude 5.6 registered this Monday in Indonesia and that has shaken the capital, Jakarta, has risen to 162, as confirmed by the authorities, who indicated that Hundreds of people were injured by the quake.

As detailed by the governor of West Java, Ridwan Kamil, Most of the deceased are minors. Likewise, it estimated the injured at 326 and more than 13,700 the displaced, who have been distributed in up to 14 evacuation places.

According to Kamil, the tremor occurred at a time of day when schools were open, main reason why most of the deceased are minors. “Until tonight we will still be detailing the percentage, but all the reports on the ground say that the majority are children,” she said.

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He also pointed out that more than 2 thousand 300 homes have damage between 60 percent and all of its infrastructure. There is also knowledge of at least three isolated roads, according to the Indonesian television channel Kompas.

Formerly the mayor of the city of Cianjur, Herman Suherman, had estimated fifty deathsalthough it had affected the fact that the victims continued to arrive at the hospitals in the area.

The earthquake occurred at 1:21 p.m. (local time), with its epicenter ten kilometers south of the city of Cianjuraccording to the Indonesian National Meteorological, Geophysical and Climatological Agency (BMKG).

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He also indicated that the earthquake has caused a cut in electrical service to more than 365 thousand people in Cianjur, in West Javabefore noting that the authorities are working to try to “restore electricity quickly.”

“We are working to restore electricity in Cianjur. Once it has been verified that there were no aftershocks, the officials have moved to the field to normalize the conditions of the electrical network”, explained Suherman.

The large number of injuries has caused some of the patients are being treated in the parking lot of the Cianjur hospital in the absence of beds to treat all the victims.

(With information from Europe Press)