“When the (earthquake) incident occurred, he was the last one out. People (his friends) came out, he was the last one out and then fell. After that he was crushed (crushed by rubble. know who. Was taken to this Dear Hospital. From 2 o’clock I was looking for it and found it at 6.”
That was the story of Ayu Rahayu, aged 35, when she was met by VOA on Tuesday (22/11) at the emergency post built in the yard of Sayang Hospital, Cianjur. Her daughter, Nur Alika, who is seven years old, doesn’t want to let go of her mother’s grip.
Quoting her daughter’s story, Ayu said that Nur Alika, who is in first grade, and her classmates at Benjod Elementary School, Cianjur, were attending class when the earthquake struck Monday afternoon. They immediately ran out of the classroom. Ironically, Alika fell and was then crushed by the collapsing school building. He was found several hours later alive, but with injuries to his head and temple. Ayu hopes that her daughter will recover soon and be allowed to leave the emergency post.
Another story is Dede, aged 33, whose family was injured by falling debris. “At that time my child was at home with his mother, with two other children. When he was at home, the house suddenly collapsed spontaneously, so he couldn’t save himself. The point was that the building collapsed immediately, it was level with the ground, the building was finished,” he said softly.
Their family survived but their youngest daughter, Salmatu Sa’adah, who was four years old, suffered serious injuries to her right hand and head when the house hit her. To accompany his little daughter, Dede and his wife and first son decided to stay at the emergency post in the yard of Sayang Hospital, Cianjur.
West Java Governor: Earthquake Resistant Buildings, Children Become Victims
In a press conference at the Cianjur Hall, Monday night (21/11), the Governor of West Java, Ridwan Kamil expressed his concern for the many children who were victims.
“The majority of those who died were children, we are also very concerned because of the events that occurred when the children were at the madrasa. After public school, they continued their studies at the madrasa so that many incidents occurred in several Islamic boarding schools,” he said.
This highlights the poor construction of school buildings and public facilities in the area, something that is actually the case in many parts of Indonesia’s interior.
President: “Open an Isolated Area, If You Can’t Pass by Land, Use a Helicopter!”
President Joko Widodo, who visited the site of the earthquake on Tuesday morning (22/11) and held a limited meeting at the evacuation site in Prawatasari Park, Cianjur, ordered the opening of areas that were still inaccessible due to landslides caused by the earthquake. “If you need to use a helicopter, use a helicopter. If you can’t go by land, use a helicopter,” said Jokowi.
The President also ordered the immediate repair of all public facilities and residents’ houses, although there are no details yet whether the houses and facilities will be earthquake-resistant or not, considering that Indonesia is in the Ring of Fire area which is frequently hit by earthquakes.
BNPB: Until Tuesday the death toll reached 268 people
Head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency BNPB Suharyanto said that as of 5 pm Tuesday, at least 268 people had died and 1,083 people were injured due to the 5.6 magnitude earthquake that rocked the West Java region Monday afternoon. “
There are still 151 missing victims and we will try our best to find them,” he said.
He added that 58,362 people were forced to flee, while at least 22,198 houses and other public facilities were completely destroyed.
Even though two hospitals in Cianjur Regency were also affected by the earthquake, health care could still be carried out. A number of makeshift tents have also been set up in the hospital grounds as “emergency hospitals.” [iy/em]