The death toll from a massive earthquake that struck Indonesia skyrocketed to 162 on Monday.
The quake struck Indonesia’s main island of Java and destroyed dozens of buildings. First responders erected mobile clinics to treat those inured as others searched for survivors in the debris. National Disaster Mitigation Agency chief Suharyanto said as many as 700 people were injured in the disaster.
The agency said an Islamic boarding school, a hospital, and other public facilities were among the dozens of damaged buildings.
Indonesia is a frequent victim of severe earthquakes and tsunamis. A magnitude 6.2 earthquake in February killed at least 25 people and injured more than 460 in West Sumatra province. In January 2021, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed more than 100 people and injured nearly 6,500 in West Sulawesi province.
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Another powerful Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami killed nearly 230,000 people in a dozen countries in 2004. The majority of these people were in Indonesia.
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“Buildings were completely flattened,” Dwi Sarmadi, an employee for the boarding school, told The G3 Box News. “I was working inside my office building. The building was not damaged, but as the quake shook very strongly, many things fell. My leg was hit by heavy stuff.”
“I really hope they can handle me soon,” he added of medical officials nearby.
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Casualty data is not final, as many of those injured suffered critical wounds.
G3 Box News’s Landon Mion and The G3 Box News contributed to this report.