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268 dead and 151 missing due to earthquake in Indonesia

The earthquake on Monday also left more than a thousand injured and forced 58.362 people to leave their homes.

The figure of deceased by the earthquake of magnitude 5,6 that occurred this Monday in western Indonesia amounted to 268, while another 151 people are still missing, a local official reported Tuesday. Xinhua.

"The death toll reaches 268 people now," the head of Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency, Suharyanto, told a news conference.

The earthquake that struck the Indonesian province of West Java on Monday also injured 1.083 people, and forced another 58.362 to flee their homes, as tremors from the quake destroyed more than 21.000 homes and infrastructure facilities, it added.

Rescue operations continue in Indonesia

Search and rescue operations for earthquake victims are ongoing, Suharyanto said.

Earlier this Tuesday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered the authorities to give priority to the operation and the rescue of the victims.

With regard to missing victims, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) operates an emergency response command post. This command post will be focused on the search and evacuation of victims, said Telesur

"We are still in an emergency response, so the focus of searching and evacuating victims is our priority," they reported from that entity.

They also pointed out that it is very likely that the data on victims will increase, taking into account that the search is still being carried out. 

The Indonesian government will offer compensation for houses damaged by the quake, ranging from 10 million to 50 million rupees (1 US dollar equals 2.005 rupees), the president announced while visiting earthquake-affected areas.

El 5,6 magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale, it took place on Monday at 13:21 p.m. Jakarta local time (06:21 GMT), with the epicenter located 10 kilometers southwest of Cianjur district, in West Java province, at a depth of 10 kilometers, indicated the Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics.


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