162 killed as strong quake topples houses in Indonesia
   Date :22-Nov-2022

162 killed as strong quake  
CIANJUR (Indonesia), 
A STRONG, shallow earthquake toppled buildings and walls on Indonesia’s densely populated main island on Monday, killing at least 162 people and injuring hundreds of others as residents fled into the street, some covered in blood and debris. Officials were gathering information on the toll of those injured and killed by the quake in the remote area. West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said the number of confirmed dead had risen to 162.
“The majority of those who died were children,” he said. Many were public school students who had finished their regular classes for the day and were taking extra lessons at Islamic schools, he said.
Cianjur is known for having a large number of Islamic boarding schools and mosques. “So many incidents occurred at several Islamic schools,” Kamil said. He said more than 13,000 people whose homes had been heavily damaged were being taken to evacuation centres.
Emergency workers treated the injured on stretchers and blankets outside hospitals, on terraces and in parking lots in the Cianjur region, about three hours drive from the capital, Java. The injured, including children, were given oxygen masks and IV lines and were being resuscitated. Rescue teams and civilians in Cianjur were looking for people buried in collapsed brick homes. In many homes, chunks of concrete and roof tiles fell inside bedrooms.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said that hundreds were injured. More than 5,000 people are being evacuated. Twenty-five people were still stuck buried in the debris in Cijedil village, said agency spokesman Abdul Muhari.