Indonesian earthquake: rescuers search for survivors trapped in rubble

Indonesian rescue workers were racing to reach people still trapped in rubble after an earthquake devastated a West Java town, killing at least 162 people and injuring hundreds more, as officials warned the death toll may rise.

The epicentre of Monday’s shallow 5.6-magnitude quake was close to the town of Cianjur, in a mountainous area of Indonesia’s most populous province.

The tremor on Monday afternoon prompted panicked residents to flee on to the streets as buildings collapsed.

Ridwan Kamil, the governor of West Java, said 162 people had been killed.

“The majority of those who died were children,” he said, adding that many were students who were taking extra lessons. “So many incidents occurred at several Islamic schools.”

Authorities were operating “under the assumption that the number of injured and [dead] will rise with time”, he said.

Overnight a hospital parking lot in Cianjur was inundated with victims, some treated in makeshift tents, others hooked up to…

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This article was written by Rebecca Ratcliffe, Adi Renaldi in Jakarta with agencies and originally published on www.theguardian.com