The death toll from a massive earthquake that struck Indonesia soared to 162 on Monday.
The quake hit Indonesia’s main island of Java, destroying dozens of buildings. Rescue workers set up mobile clinics to treat the injured while others searched the rubble for survivors. The head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, Suharyanto, said some 700 people were injured in the disaster.
The agency said an Islamic boarding school, a hospital and other public facilities were among the dozens of buildings damaged.
Indonesia is a frequent victim of strong earthquakes and tsunamis. A magnitude 6.2 earthquake in February killed at least 25 people and injured more than 460 in West Sumatra province. In January 2021, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed more than 100 people and injured nearly 6,500 in West Sulawesi province.
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Another powerful earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean killed nearly 230,000 people in a dozen countries in 2004. Most of these people were in Indonesia.
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“The buildings were completely leveled,” Dwi Sarmadi, an employee at the boarding school, told The Associated Press. “I was working inside my office building. The building was not damaged, but because the earthquake shook very hard, a lot of things fell. My leg was hit by heavy things.”
“I really hope they can handle me soon,” he added of nearby medical officials.
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The casualty data is not definitive, as many of the wounded suffered critical injuries.
Landon Mion of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.