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Rescuers in Indonesia Find 6-Year-Old in Debris After Earthquake

A 6-year-old boy has been pulled from the rubble of the magnitude 5.6 earthquake that hit Indonesia two days earlier.


Rescue workers found Azka Maulana Malik under the rubble on Wednesday in the village of Nagrak, located in West Java’s hard-hit Cianjur regency, according to CNN.


Just after the disaster, Indonesia’s National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) estimated that more than 60 people had died in the earthquake.


Major General Suharyanto, who heads the BNPB, said at a press conference on Wednesday that the death toll has risen to more than 271, CNN reports. Suharyanto added that more than a third of the confirmed victims were children.


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The BNPB noted that Azka – who is now being treated for injuries at a nearby hospital, according to local media reports – was found next to his grandmother’s body. His parents’ bodies had already been pulled from the rubble when their son was found.


Speaking at the press conference, Suharyanto said more than 2,000 people were injured and more than 61,000 were displaced. In addition, 56,320 homes were damaged.


In the hours after Monday’s quake, Herman Suherman, the head of the Cianjur regency, said most of the deaths were caused by falling buildings. “Some were hit on the head,” he said at the time, as reported by The Washington Post. “All you can hear here are ambulance sirens everywhere.”


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Geographically, Indonesia and its population of over 276 million are particularly vulnerable to volcanic eruptions and earthquakes based on its location in the “Ring of Fire” as the arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific basin has come to be known.


In December 2004, Indonesia was hit by a tsunami caused by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake. The disaster killed 230,000 people in the region.

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