Malang, Jawa Timur (ANTARA) - The total number of victims in the Kanjuruhan Stadium tragedy in Malang District, East Java, on October 1 has reached 754, including casualties and the injured, according to the Malang District Health Office.

"The last data is 132 deaths, 596 victims with minor and moderate injuries, and 26 victims with major injuries; the total tally is 754 people," Head of the office Wijanto Wijoyo confirmed here on Thursday.

He said that the number of victims with minor and moderate injuries fluctuated due to some victims continuing to seek medical treatment at hospitals in Malang weeks after the disaster.

Some victims complained that their pain did not recede, hence they decided to return to hospitals, he explained.

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"Some victims returned home, yet in a week or less, they returned to the hospital," Wijoyo noted.

As per the health office’s records, 12 victims are currently receiving medical care at hospitals in Malang, he said, adding that nine of the victims are being treated at Saiful Anwar Regional General Hospital in Malang city.

"The remaining three treated at Kanjuruhan Regional General Hospital, and one of them already has their ventilator withdrawn," Wijoyo informed.

Meanwhile, head of the medical and health division of the East Java Police, Senior Commissioner Erwinn Zainul Hakim, disclosed that the families of two victims who died in the Kanjuruhan tragedy have requested an autopsy of the victims.

"We have been informed that two families allowed the autopsy to take place," he said.

The autopsy will take place next week at the respective victim's burial ground, Hakim said, adding that the process would be handled by doctors from the Indonesian Association of Forensic Medicine (PDFI).

"Doctors appointed by PDFI will handle the process, which will involve the exhumation and examination of the bodies at their burial place," he informed.

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