Updated Nov 22, 2022, 10:33am EST
Southeast Asia

Many schoolchildren are among the hundreds killed in Indonesia’s earthquake

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The Updates

Monday’s earthquake devastated Indonesia’s largest island, killing more than two hundred people, including school children, and damaging thousands of homes.

  • At least 268 people died
  • More than 1,000 people wounded
  • Many schoolchildren among those those killed or injured
  • Around 151 people still missing
  • 22,000 homes damaged
  • 58,000 people displaced
Locals walk past collapsed houses after an earthquake in Cianjur, West Java province, Indonesia, November 22, 2022.
Antara Foto/Raisan Al Farisi/via REUTERS
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Rescuers are searching for survivors after a 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck Cianjur town on the main Indonesian island of Java on Monday. The death toll has soared to 268 with many schoolchildren among the dead and injured.

Ridwan Kamil, governor of West Java province, told CNN that “the majority of those who died were children,” adding the death toll was likely to rise. “So many incidents occurred at several Islamic schools.”

On Tuesday Indonesia’s disaster agency said people were killed after being buried in rubble from collapsed buildings. The earthquake was followed by 118 aftershocks, they added.