Indonesia struggles to get support to quake survivors, rescue continues


Indonesian authorities struggled on Thursday to get support to 1000’s of individuals displaced by a lethal earthquake in western Java, as rain-triggered landslides and tough mountainous terrain hampered the efforts of rescue groups.

Monday’s 5.6-magnitude earthquake within the city of Cianjur, about 75 km (50 miles) south of the capital Jakarta, killed at the very least 271 folks and left 1000’s sheltering in tents with scant medical and support provides.

Suharyanto, the catastrophe mitigation company chief, stated on Thursday many had not obtained support and nearly 200 volunteers have been deployed to assist distribute water, prompt meals, tents and diapers.

Survivors, together with the aged and babies, huddled inside navy tents arrange far away from devastated villages, whereas others queued as much as obtain support packets from volunteers.

In Sukamanah village, residents stated they have been having to ration meals and have been in need of provides for kids, together with medicines, diapers and milk.

Ema Hermawati, spouse of the village chief, stated sanitation was missing as trash began to pile up and there was no operating water or moveable bogs.

President Joko Widodo visited the positioning of the quake for a second time on Thursday and urged that support distribution and rescue efforts proceed as shortly as attainable

“The conditions are steep,” he stated of the rugged terrain, including there was a scarcity of tents and water. “It’s still raining and there are still aftershocks. The ground is shaky, so caution is needed.”


With dozens nonetheless lacking, rescuers used earth diggers and different heavy equipment to clear mud and particles searching for victims. Some areas which were minimize off by landslides may solely be reached by helicopter.

Hopes of discovering survivors have been fading, officers stated.

Search efforts focussed on Cijedil village, the place about 30 folks have been considered buried below a landslide, Joshua Banjarnahor of the nationwide search and rescue company, informed reporters.

Food vendor Ahman, 52, stated he misplaced his mom, his spouse, and his daughter, who he stated have been buried when his stall on the sting of a cliff collapsed.

“I am not expecting them to be alive because they have been buried for four days. I’m letting them go,” he stated.

Indonesia is likely one of the world’s most earthquake-prone nations, frequently recording sturdy earthquakes offshore the place fault traces run.

Monday’s quake was significantly lethal as a result of it struck a densely populated space at a depth of simply 10 km (6 miles). Poor development requirements additionally brought on buildings to break down, resulting in many deaths, officers stated.

Rebuilding Cianjur should adhere to seismic design codes, stated David Sanderson, a catastrophe threat discount professional with the School of Built Environment at Australia’s University of New South Wales.

“Unless carefully managed, rebuilding can be sporadic, incomplete and not cognisant of future earthquake risk,” he stated.