Indonesia earthquake: The difficult race against time to locate the missing

SEARCHED About 40 people are still missing, including a little girl that rescuers are trying to find

Earthquake in Indonesia sie : The difficult race against time to locate the missing

Indonesian students pray in Yogyakarta for the victims of the Cianjur earthquake in West Java on November 23, 2022, following a magnitude 5.6 earthquake that killed 271 people , thousands of injured and hundreds of people still missing. — INA Photo Agency/Sipa USA/SIPA

The chances are increasingly slim to find survivors. Mobilizing helicopters and thousands of rescuers, authorities in Indonesia attempted to Thursday to locate dozens of missing persons, three days after the earthquake which killed at least 272 people. Several victims were Extracted from piles of concrete and metal beneath collapsed buildings around the town of Cianjur in West Java Island, including a six-year-old boy, Azka, who survived two days without water or food. About forty people are still missing, including a little girl that rescuers are trying to find.

The unexpected rescue of the young Azka on Wednesday night revived Hopes. “When we realized that Azka was alive, everyone broke down in tears, including me,” volunteer lifeguard Jeksen Kolibu at; AFP. “It’s been very moving, like a miracle.” The boy was found apparently free from side of her grandmother’s lifeless body. It has been saved thanks to; a wall that has resisted to the tremors, preventing another wall from collapsing on top of him, reported local media. More than a third of the victims of this earthquake are children who were at school or at school. home when the quake struck, according to the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB).

In the district of Cugenang, which suffered the most damage, rescuers searched the area. Ruins Thursday at; using shovels, hammers and bare hands to find a seven-year-old girl, Cika, under the anguished gaze of from his mother. “She was playing outside, I was cooking in the kitchen when the earthquake happened. Very quickly, in two seconds my house collapsed,” AFP the mother, Imas Masfahitah, 34 years old. “My gut tells me she’s here, because she liked to play here,” lifeguards are at hand. the work. “Whatever happens, I will try to accept it.” But the rescuers suspended the search at; after dark.

The assessment was made. statement to 272 dead Thursday evening, after the discovery of the body of a 64-year-old man. More than 2,000 people have been injured in the natural disaster. Although the search will continue, rescuers consider that 72 hours after the earthquake, the chances of finding survivors are low. This earthquake is the deadliest in Indonesia since 2018, when the region of Palu (Island of Celebes) was hit by an earthquake. hit by an earthquake and a tsunami which had caused the death of more than 4,000 people.

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