Indonesia: Child found alive near grandmother’s body, 100 out of 271 children killed in earthquake
Relief work and search operation is going on after the devastating earthquake in Indonesia 3 days ago. A war-time search operation continued in Cianjur on Wednesday, in which a six-year-old boy was pulled alive from the rubble. However, the rescue operation had to be stopped due to heavy rains. So far 271 people have died in the 5.6 magnitude earthquake in Siyanjur on Monday.
More rescue workers and volunteers were deployed on Wednesday to search for the dead and missing after an earthquake struck Indonesia’s main island of Java. Many people are still reported missing, while some are still unreachable in remote areas. More than 2 thousand people have been injured in the 5.6 magnitude earthquake. The death toll in accidents is likely to increase.
hospital full of wounded
A hospital near the epicenter on the island is filled with the wounded. Suharyanto, head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, said 12,000 army personnel were deployed on Wednesday to intensify the search operation. So far, a joint team of 2,000 police, rescue agencies and volunteers have been pressed into the search operation.
A child was found alive near the dead body of the grandmother.
He said rescuers recovered three more bodies on Wednesday and pulled alive a six-year-old boy from the rubble. He said the child was found under the rubble of their house next to the body of his grandmother.
Suharyanto said more than 58,000 people had been moved to shelters. He said 2,043 people were injured and 600 of them were being treated for various injuries. He told a press conference that more than 56,000 houses have been damaged in Cianjur.
He said more than 56,230 houses were damaged in Cianjur and more than 170 public buildings, including 31 schools, were destroyed. Children are most affected by the earthquake. About 100 were children among the 271 people who died in the earthquake.
“We are saddened by the earthquake, especially because children are disproportionately affected,” said Jacobus Rantuwen of Wahana Visi Indonesia, a Christian humanitarian group concerned with child welfare.