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#Earthquake : Death Toll In Indonesia Rises To 271 ; 2043 People Injured, 61,800 Displaced

Picture : Twitter/ ANI

The 5.6-magnitude quake that hit Indonesia’s Cianjur region resulted in the deaths of 271 persons, however, the hopes for survivors persist after a six-year-old boy was pulled alive from the wreckage of a property on Wednesday after surviving for more than two days under debris.

AS reported by ANI, The rescue effort brings hope to those waiting for news of loved ones after a powerful earthquake struck a populated area of Indonesia’s West Java province, reported CNN.

Indonesia’s National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) said rescuers saved Azka Maulana Malik in the village of Nagrak, in Cugenang subdistrict, Cianjur Regency. Footage showed the moment a rescue team found him.

The agency said that the boy was discovered next to his grandmother’s body. Azka is now being treated in Cianjur hospital, local media reported. Rescuers had taken out his parents’ bodies earlier, the agency added.

The 5.6-magnitude quake hit the Cianjur region in West Java at about 1:21 p.m. local time on Monday at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles), according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), causing buildings to collapse while school classes were underway.

The death toll from the earthquake has risen to 271, the head of the BNPB, Maj Gen Suharyanto, said at a press conference. More than a third of those confirmed dead are children, he said, reported CNN.

Some 2,043 people were injured and 61,800 have been displaced, he added. Forty people remain missing.

Suharyanto said 56,320 houses were damaged, more than a third of them badly. Other damaged buildings included 31 schools, 124 places of worship and three health facilities.

The agency has built 14 refugee shelters with facilities for displaced people, Suharyanto said. Victims are expected to leave their temporary tents and move to these main shelters, he said.

According to Suharyanto, BNPB deployed more than 6,000 rescuers to search-and-rescue operations, reported CNN.

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