Aceh earthquake`s death toll rises to 40

Aceh earthquake`s death toll rises to 40

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. (ANTARA/Irsan Mulyadi)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) on Sunday reported that the death toll of the earthquake in Aceh had increased to 40 from 30 as previously reported on Thursday.

Spokesperson of BNPB Sutopo Purwo Nugroho on an official statement on the agency website said that as many as 2,362 people were injured, 63 were heavily injured while the other 22,125 were displaced due to the earthquake.

The magnitude 6.2 earthquake cast damage to over 15,919 residential houses and 623 public buildings.

Central Aceh District becomes the most affected by the earthquake with 31 dead casualties, four residents missing, and the other 19,879 were displaced and taking refuge to 70 camps spread across the district.

As many as 232 out of 352 villages in the district suffered the most damage by the earthquake.

The earthquake damaged 13,862 resident houses; 5,516 with heavy damage, 2,750 suffered medium damage, and 5,596 with minor damage, and also 547 public buildings such as health center buildings, schools, and administration buildings.

Meanwhile in Bener Meriah District, there are only eight of 233 villages directly affected by the earthquake.

The Agency reported nine resident were dead, 23 injured and 2,265 displaced due to the earthquake.

There refugees needed more supply of tents and blanket as they were evacuated to makeshift camps in mountainous area in which the temperature hit 14 degree Celsius at night, Nugroho said.

The earthquake cast damage to 2,057 resident houses; 662 were heavily damaged, 311 with medium damage and 1,184 with minor damage, and 76 public facilities.

The 6.2 magnitude earthquake jolted Aceh province on Tuesday at 2.37 p.m Western Indonesia Time.

The quake did not have the potential to cause a tsunami, according to the head of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

The epicenter of the quake was located at 4.70 degrees of Northern Latitude and 96.61 degrees of Eastern Longitude or 35 kilometers southwest of Bener Meriah District at a depth of 10 kilometers.
(T.A059/O001)

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