Earthquake in Cianjur, 20 People Reported Dead

The earthquake in the southwest region of Cianjur, apart from collapsing many buildings, also caused casualties.


Cianjur Police Department building

Based on a temporary report on Monday afternoon (21 November 2022) from Sayang Hospital, Cianjur, 20 people have been declared dead.

The victims died, mostly due to falling debris. Meanwhile, the number of injured victims has reached more than 100 people.





Update:

The Governor of West Java, Ridwan Kamil, confirmed to reporters that as of Tuesday morning (22 November 2022), 162 people had died and 326 were injured as a result of the Cianjur earthquake. Until this article was written down, the number of victims who died as a result of the shaking of the 5.6 magnitude earthquake had not been added.


One of the houses destroyed by the earthquake (Private documentation).

Head of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), Dwikorita Karnawati, asked the public to be aware of further disasters with the potential for landslides and flash floods. It is very likely that the slopes of the hills in Cianjur will become brittle after the earthquake. This is further exacerbated by the high intensity of rain, which has the potential to flush Cianjur. This appeal was made specifically for the people of Cianjur who live on hillsides and in valleys or riverbanks.

"These fragile slopes - coupled with heavy rains, can trigger landslides and flash floods, carrying material from the fallen slopes. So, the community and local government also need to be aware of the existence of a collateral hazard after yesterday's earthquake," said Dwikorita, citing from BMKG.go.id.

"For the time being, don't force yourself to return home if the building is damaged or cracked. As of 06.00 WIB of 22 November 2022, there have been 117 aftershocks, with the largest vibration number of 4.2 and the smallest magnitude 1.5," she said.


Prof. Dede Hermawan, a lecturer from the Faculty of Forestry of IPB University, who was a victim of being crushed by the ruins of an earthquake.


A boy in a refugee tent.


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