CIANJUR: An earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale struck southwest of Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia 11 people still missing and 329 died.
The Regent of Cianjur Herman Suherman said the joint team managed to find one new body in Cijedil village so that the least death toll was 329. A total of 595 people were seriously injured and 59 people are still under treatment at a public hospital in Cianjur.
“The number of people missing on this day was reduced to 11 people,” he added.
The search for missing people will continue for the next three days from Thursday to Saturday. They focused on three places by deploying all available resources to maximize search targets
The heavy rain that hit Cianjur became one of the problems in the process of evacuating victims. Not only that, aftershocks still occurred until today.
There were two aftershocks with a magnitude of 3.5 that made the team need to stop the evacuation process for the sake of mutual safety.
The Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection (MoWECP) and UNFPA continue to survey refugee data to determine gender, age, and vulnerable groups.
There were around 14,414 displaced people spread across 492 evacuation points throughout the Cianjur area.
Herman appealed to everyone who wants to make donations or assistance not to distribute it directly to the evacuation points but it is supposed to funnel it through the government. This is done so that assistance can be delivered where it is needed.
According to previous experience, aid has accumulated in only one specific location due to the difficulty of reaching distant refugee areas.
To address this issue, the National Agency for Disaster Prevention and Response, abbreviated as BNPB, dispatched a number of motorcycles to distribute aid to hard-to-reach areas that large vehicles could not reach.
The strength and number of aftershocks are currently decreasing on a daily basis. It is permissible for residents whose homes have not been severely or moderately destroyed and can still be occupied to return to their homes.
As a result, those who are evacuating are only those who no longer have a place to live.