Cianjur, W Java (ANTARA) - Several residents taking refuge in the aftermath of Cianjur District's deadly earthquake have suffered from several diseases while staying at the temporary shelters since Monday (Nov 21).

According to the deputy director of Sayang Public Hospital, Neneng Efa Fatimah, on Saturday (Nov 26), six of them are being treated at the hospital owing to the "impacts" of staying at the temporary shelters.

"They suffer from the acute respiratory infection and dehydration that can likely be triggered by their comorbidities or stressfulness," she said.

She added that some 37 seriously injured residents being treated at the hospital must be transported to several hospitals in West Java Province, including Hasan Sadikin in Bandung, for surgery.

On Saturday (Nov 26), four of the 37 wounded survivors who had received the surgery had got disharged from Hasan Sadikin Hospital, and returned to Sayang Public Hospital as outpatients.

A 5.6 magnitude earthquake had jolted Cianjur on November 21 at 1:21 p.m. local time, killing at least 318 people and injuring 7,729 others.

The quake, whose epicenter was located about 10 km away from Cianjur, at a depth of 10 km, also damaged 2,345 houses and forced 73,693 residents to take refuge.

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Despite the absence of a tsunami, the quake's tremors were not only felt by residents in disaster zones but also by those in the areas of Jakarta, Bogor, and Bekasi, according to the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said some 595 of 7,729 residents sustaining injuries suffer serious injuries.

Some 108 of the 595 seriously wounded victims are being treated at hospitals, the agency said adding that the death toll from the earthquake had climbed to 318 following the discovery of another eight bodies.

BNPB's Deputy III Major General Fajar Setyawan said in a recent statement that residents suffering minor injuries were allowed to return home.

The deadly earthquake also forced 73,693 residents to take refuge after their houses got collapsed or were damaged by the quake.

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