Indonesia quake kills 162, injures hundreds

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake killed at least 162 people, with hundreds injured and others missing, on Indonesia's main island of Java on Monday.

Indonesia quake kills 162, injures hundreds
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Indonesia quake kills 162, injures hundreds

published : 22 Nov 2022 at 12:16

writer: Gary Boyle

ORIGINAL SOURCE/WRITER: AFP

A local stands near houses damaged after an earthquake hit in Cianjur, West Java province, Indonesia, on Monday. (Antara Foto/Reuters photo) 

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake killed at least 162 people, with hundreds injured and others missing, on Indonesia's main island of Java on Monday.

Doctors treated patients outdoors after the quake, which was felt as far away as the capital Jakarta, left hospitals in the West Java town of Cianjur without power for several hours.

More than 2,000 houses were damaged and more than 13,000 people were taken to evacuation centres.

The afternoon quake was centred in the Cianjur region and local authorities earlier said as many as 700 had been wounded, warning the death toll could rise further.

Locals rushed victims to the hospital in pickup trucks and on motorbikes, according to footage obtained by AFP.

Collapsed buildings and debris lined the streets in Cianjur. The town is situated in a hilly area where many houses are built with a mixture of mud and concrete.

There were no reports of casualties or major damage in Jakarta, a three-hour drive away.

Vocabulary

  • authority (noun): a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • casualty (noun): victim; someone/ something that has been harmed, injured or killed as the result of a bad event such as a disaster or crime (casualties: the number of dead or injured) - เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย; จำนวนคนตายหรือได้รับบาดเจ็บ
  • collapsed: fell down suddenly - ล้ม ทิ้งตัวลง
  • death toll: the number of people killed - ยอดผู้เสียชีวิต
  • debris: broken pieces that are left when something large has been destroyed - เศษ ซากปรักหักพัง  ซากสิ่งของที่ถูกทำลาย
  • evacuation: moving people from a place of danger to a safer place - การอพยพ
  • footage: film of a particular subject or event - ฟิลม์หรือคลิปภาพยนตร์
  • patients (noun): people who are receiving medical treatment - คนป่วย, คนไข้
  • power (noun): energy from electricity - พลังงาน, พลังงานกล,พลัง, กำลัง, แรง
  • treat: to provide medical care - รักษา
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