Cianjur earthquake kills 62 not 162, BNPB clarifies

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Cianjur earthquake kills 62 not 162
Damaged buildings caused by the Cianjur earthquake. (Source: BNPB)

Jakarta, IO – The death toll from the 5.6 magnitude earthquake in Cianjur Regency, West Java continues to increase. According to the latest data from the operations control center of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), 62 people have been killed as of Monday (21/11), 11:56 p.m. WIB.

This data is different from the 162 deaths reported by West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil. According to BNPB Information and Communication Center head Abdul Muhari, there was an error in the counting, resulting in the discrepancy in the West Java Disaster Mitigation Agency’s records.

“Initially, the Provincial Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) officer received an oral report from the village apparatus. The report stated that there were approximately 100 units of houses destroyed and around 100 people had died. The figure was an estimate and not yet confirmed,” Muhari explained, reported detik, Tuesday (22/11).

Most of the deaths were reported from the villages of Rancagoong in Cilau District, Limbagansari in Cianjur District, and Cugenang District. In addition, 25 people are reportedly still being buried under collapsed buildings in Cijedil Village, Cugenang District. Another 79 people were injured. The powerful earthquake also displaced 5,389 residents.