Cianjur, West Java (ANTARA) - The search operation for earthquake victims in Cianjur District, West Java, will be focused on three areas in the district, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).

BNPB's acting Head of Disaster Data, Information, and Communication Centre Abdul Muhari said the rescuers would focus on areas around the Shinta satay stall, within the 3rd neighbourhood unit, and Cicadas Hamlet, all within Cijedil Village in Cugenang Sub-district.

"We are afraid that there are more being left out than (the number) reported by residents. Two days ago, (residents reported) seven missing persons, yet we found nine. The Basarnas (National SAR Agency) believed that the search operation in the location must be continued," Muhari stated here, Sunday.

According to the BNPB data on Saturday (November 26), the 5.6-magnitude earthquake caused 318 deaths.

After one more victim found in Cijedil Village, 14 people remain unaccounted for after being reported missing in the earthquake.

He noted that the earthquake wounded 7,729 people. Some 7,134 .people sustained minor injuries while 595 others suffered severe injuries. Some 180 injured victims remain under medical care, he added.

"We hope all of the victims have been treated as all of them have been referred to hospitals. We need more time to wait for their recovery so they can be treated as an outpatient," Muhari said.

The BNPB official added that the earthquake damaged hundreds of houses, and disrupted public activities.

Earlier, BNPB Deputy III Fajar Setyawan, at a virtual press conference followed from Jakarta on Saturday (November 26), said that the number of homes damaged in the earthquake was recorded at 58,049. Around 25,186 houses were seriously damaged, 12,496 moderately damaged, and 20,367 houses were lightly damaged, he said.

The damaged infrastructure included 368 schools, 144 places of worship, 14 health facilities, and 16 buildings or offices. A total of 16 districts and 146 villages were affected by the earthquake.

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