Death toll mounts after Indonesia earthquake

The rescue effort continues in Indonesia to find more survivors of yesterday’s powerful earthquake.

So far at least 57 people are confirmed dead but with more corpses being pulled from collapsed buildings, that figure could rise considerably.

Some remote areas remain inaccessible and out of contact.

Indonesia’s president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has visited the village of Cikangkareng, where the earthquake caused a landslide under which up to 30 people are thought to remain trapped.

Across the disaster zone an estimated 24,000 buildings have been damaged, up to half of them seriously.

The Red Cross has handed out tents, blankets and clean water but more help is needed.

The epicentre of the magnitude 7.0 earthquake was located just off the south coast of West Java. Tremors shook buildings in the country’s capital, Jakarta, 200 kilometers further north.

After more than 24 hours, the chances of finding any of the dozens of people still missing alive are becoming slimmer.


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