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Indonesian rescuers deal with landslide as quake toll rises

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CIANJUR, Indonesia — On the fourth day of an more and more pressing search, Indonesian rescuers narrowed their work Thursday to a landslide the place dozens are believed trapped after an earthquake that killed no less than 271 folks, greater than a 3rd of them youngsters.

Many of the greater than 1,000 rescue personnel are utilizing backhoe loaders, sniffer canines and life detectors — in addition to jackhammers and naked arms — to hurry up the search within the worst-hit space of Cijendil village, the place a landslide set off by Monday’s quake left tons of mud, rocks and timber. Around 40 victims are believed nonetheless caught within the soil and rubble of collapsed buildings in Cugenang sub-district.

Rescuers are additionally engaged on different impacted areas to verify there are not any extra victims that have to be evacuated, mentioned Henri Alfiandi, chief of the National Search and Rescue Agency.

“We hope all victims can be found soon,” Alfiandi mentioned on Thursday.

On Wednesday, searchers rescued a 6-year-old boy who was trapped for 2 days below the rubble of his collapsed home.

More than 2,000 folks have been injured within the quake that displaced no less than 61,000 folks to evacuation facilities and different shelters after no less than 56,000 homes have been broken. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency has mentioned 171 public amenities have been destroyed, together with 31 faculties.

Suharyanto, chief of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, mentioned 100 of the 271 confirmed deaths have been youngsters.

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Rescue efforts had been suspended quickly on Wednesday as heavy monsoon rains fell.

The 5.6 magnitude of Monday’s earthquake wouldn’t sometimes be anticipated to trigger critical harm. But the quake was shallow and shook a densely populated space that lacks earthquake-resistant infrastructure. Weak aftershocks continued till Thursday morning.

More than 2.5 million folks reside in mountainous Cianjur district, together with about 175,000 in its most important city, which has the identical identify.

President Joko Widodo visited Cianjur on Tuesday and pledged to rebuild its infrastructure and supply help of as much as 50 million rupiah ($3,180) to every resident whose home was broken.

Indonesia is steadily struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis due to its location on the arc of volcanoes and fault strains within the Pacific Basin often known as the “Ring of Fire.”

Associated Press author Edna Tarigan in Jakarta contributed to this report.

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