A six-year-old kid was rescued from the wreckage on Wednesday, two days after a magnitude-5.6 earthquake in Indonesia’s West Java province decimated a district and left at least 271 people dead.
Aman Riyanto, a fireman who assisted in the rescue, said the youngster, named Azka, was discovered alive under the wreckage of a house in the Nagrek village of Cianjur district on Wednesday morning, about 40 hours after the earthquake.
“He was still breathing. Thank God he was safe and immediately received treatment,’’ stated Mr. Riyanto.
According to officials, many of those murdered in the tragedy were children attending after-school religious instruction at mosques.
After three more bodies were discovered on Wednesday, the Indonesia National Disaster Management Agency said that the dead toll now stands at 271.
According to Suharyanto, the chief of the agency, there are now 40 persons reported as missing, down from 151 the day before.
“our main goal is to find those still missing for the next three days, ” he told reporters.
According to the agency, the earthquake caused landslides that buried both homes and people, injuring over 1,000 people and forcing 58,000 people to flee their homes.
More than 2,300 homes and buildings were damaged, and many of them were left in ruins.
The epicentre of the earthquake, which occurred at 1:21 pm (0621 GMT), was 10 kilometers southwest of Cianjur, according to the National Meteorological, Geophysical, and Climatological Agency.
High-rise buildings in Jakarta began to sway as a result of the earthquake, sending terrified residents and office workers fleeing.
The Pacific Ring of Fire, where Indonesia is located, is known for its frequent volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.