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Indonesia earthquake: Survivor grieves 11 relatives

CIANJUR, Indonesia –

Enjot was tending his cows within the hills close to his house when the earth shook.

The 5.6 magnitude earthquake killed at the very least 268 individuals, together with 11 of (*11*) members of the family. His sister-in-law and her two kids have been harm, among the many a whole bunch injured in Monday’s quake.

Now, Enjot is visiting his hospitalized family members and making an attempt to rebuild his shattered life, one in every of 1000’s of Indonesians reeling from the catastrophe.

 My life has all of a sudden modified,” mentioned Enjot, 45, who goes by one identify like many Indonesians. “I’ve to dwell with it any further.”

The epicenter of the quake was simply south of (*11*) hometown, Cianjur. After getting a name from his daughter, Enjot hopped aboard his motorcycle and raced house, arriving inside a couple of minutes to see his neighborhood flattened.

“Men, ladies and kids cried whereas individuals who have been trapped within the collapsed homes have been screaming for assist,” he recalled. “I noticed horrible devastation and heart-rending scenes.”

His sister-in-law and her kids, who have been visiting from a close-by village, have been among the many extra lucky. Others heard their screams from underneath the rubble and pulled them from the wreckage.

The lady and kids suffered extreme head accidents and damaged bones and are being handled in a hospital overwhelmed by the variety of casualties.

According to the federal government’s National Disaster Agency, as of Tuesday night greater than 265 individuals have been killed, with a whole bunch lacking and injured, virtually all in and round Cianjur. The toll was anticipated to rise.

Like many different villagers, Enjot desperately dug by means of particles in search of survivors, and managed to rescue a number of. But blocked roads and broken bridges meant that authorities weren’t ready to herald the heavy equipment wanted to take away bigger slabs of concrete and different rubble.

Throughout the day, relatives wailed as they watched rescuers pull mud-caked our bodies from the destroyed buildings, together with one in every of (*11*) nephews.

Not removed from (*11*) house, an aftershock triggered a landslide that crashed onto the home of one in every of his relatives and buried seven individuals inside. Four have been rescued, however two nephews and a cousin have been killed, he mentioned.

In a neighboring village, his sister, a cousin and 6 different relatives have been killed when their properties collapsed, Enjot mentioned.

Faced with such a lack of life so all of a sudden, and left with out a place to dwell, Enjot was left questioning what comes subsequent.

For now, he is becoming a member of 1000’s dwelling in tents or different momentary shelters arrange by volunteers, barely sufficient to guard them from monsoon downpours.

“The scenario is worse than seems on tv,” Enjot mentioned. “We are ravenous, thirsty and chilly with out satisfactory tents and garments, whereas no entry to scrub water.”

All that is left,” he mentioned, “is the garments I’ve been sporting since yesterday.”

Karmini reported from Jakarta



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