Death Toll Rises To 57 In Indonesia Earthquake

CIANJUR, Indonesia (CNN) — Rain falling here Thursday afternoon hampered efforts of workers feverishly trying to rescue people trapped under a landslide triggered by a major earthquake.

Rescuers pulled several bodies from the rubble Thursday bringing the death toll from the quake to 57.

The landslide buried at least 11 homes where where 32 people live in Cianjur, local officials said.

Rescuers used their hands and tools to try to pry away the rocks that were bigger than cars. No heavy machinery could be brought in to help in the rescue effort because many roads in the area were blocked.

An official with the aid agency World Vision, Trihadi Sattoadi, speaking from the city of Pangalengan, said people in West Java are suffering.

“People really need food and medicine and water, especially, and also clothing for the children. Many of them are still out in temporary tents that they built themselves,” said Sattoadi. “We worry that the numbers can easily (be) more, because in many of the places — especially the coastal areas — we don’t get news from that place.”

The 7.0-magnitude temblor jolted the Indonesian island of Java Wednesday, causing the casualties and injuring more than 400, according to the National Disaster Coordinating Agency.

The quake struck shortly before 3 p.m. (4 a.m. ET) Wednesday. The landslide in Cianjur occurred shortly after. Its epicenter was located offshore about 190 kilometers (120 miles) southeast of Jakarta, according the U.S. Geological Survey. The center was about 50 kilometers (31 miles) deep. A tsunami watch went into effect but quickly expired.


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