Some quake survivors take refuge in public cemetary

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Cianjur earthquake
Quake-affected residents of Rawacina hamlet are forced to use public cemetery as a temporary shelter. (IO/Andi Muhamad)

Cianjur, IO – Quake survivors in Rawacina hamlet, Nagrag village, Cianjur, West Java have no other option than to take shelter in a public cemetary because nearly 90 percent of houses in the area have been reduced to rubbles by the magnitude-5.6 earthquake that hit on Monday (21/11).

“There are around 200 people here, adults and children,” one of the survivors told Observerid.com, Thursday (24/11).

Cianjur earthquake
(IO/Andi Muhamad)

They said they have no other option since the tents erected by the government agencies are too far and between, making access difficult. In addition, they also want to keep watch of their salvageable belongings.

According to data from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) as of Thursday (24/11), the death toll has reached 272, while 2,046 have been injured. The quake also displaced 62,545 people.

The shallow quake affected 56,311 houses, 22.267 of them heavily damaged. BNPB chief Lt. Gen. Suharyanto said 6,000 joint personel have been mobilized to evacuate survivors and find the still missing ones. (rr)