Earthquake in Indonesia: The dead reached 310

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The death toll from earthquake which hit Java on Monday in Indonesia increased to 310, as announced today by the national disaster management agency. Still 24 people are still missing after the 5.6-magnitude earthquake that triggered landslides and destroyed buildings in West Java, agency chief Suhariado said.

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“These 24 people have been identified,” he said at a press conference.

According to Herni Alfianti, head of the national first aid services, the search will continue until Monday, even later if not all the dead have been recovered by then. “The problems are the stability of the ground, the amount of landslides that are aggravated by the continuous rains and the fears of aftershocks,” he said, according to APE-MPE, to the Kompas television station.

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Over 2,000 people were injured, approximately 56,000 houses were destroyed and over 62,000 residents were forced to leave their homes, Suhariado stated.

Source: News Beast

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