The number of severely damaged houses has increased, from 7,817 to 8,151 units. They all have been verified
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Cianjur district administration recorded that the number of houses brought down and severely damaged by the recent earthquake had increased to 8,151.

"The number of severely damaged houses has increased, from 7,817 to 8,151 units. They all have been verified," Secretary of the Cianjur District Government Cecep Alamsyah stated.

Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Alamsyah said the number of houses suffering moderate damages had also increased, from 10,589 to 11,210 units.

The number of houses with mild damages also went up, from 17,195 to 18,469 units, he said, adding that the earthquake had also severely damaged 525 school buildings, 269 houses of worship, 14 healthcare facilities, and 17 office buildings.

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As of Sunday, death toll from the Cianjur quake had reached 334, while eight residents were still missing, he stated.

According to Alamsyah, the government has prepared 2.5 hectares of land in Sirnagalih Village for being used for building 200 earthquake-resistant houses.

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake had jolted Cianjur District in West Java Province on November 21 at 1:21 p.m. local time.

The deadly quake has triggered public sympathy. A pineapple farmer from Subang District, West Java Province, for instance, donated two tons of fresh pineapples to the quake victims.

"We do sympathize with the quake victims in Cianjur District. As a farmer, we want to donate the pineapples. That is what we can do," Efrizal Ali noted in a statement.

Ali is one of Subang District's local farmers, who join state-owned fertilizer maker PT Pupuk Kujang's empowerment program.

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He said the donated pineapples were distributed to those in need in the disaster zone through Pupuk Kujang's command post in Benjot Village, Cugenang Sub-district, and Muhammadiyah's voluntary charity agency.

Ali said the quake victims, currently taking refuge at several temporary shelters, would be nutritionally benefitted from the consumption of pineapples.

Sympathy with the Cianjur quake victims is also demonstrated by Andalas University (Unand), a leading public university in West Sumatra Province.

The university, on Sunday, dispatched six members of its nursing faculty to join a humanitarian mission in Cianjur District.

They would provide healthcare service to the district's earthquake survivors from December 4 to December 10, according to Unand Rector Prof. Yuliandri.

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