“The death toll has reached 268 people now,” the head of the National Disaster Management Agency, Suharyanto, told a news conference.
The 5.6-magnitude earthquake that struck Indonesia’s West Java province on Monday also injured 1,083 and forced 58,362 others to flee their homes as tremors from the quake destroyed more than 21,000 houses and infrastructure facilities, it said.
Search and rescue operations for earthquake victims are continuing, Suharyanto said.
Earlier on Tuesday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo called on authorities to prioritize the operation and rescue the victims first.
The government would compensate houses damaged by tremors, ranging from around Rs 10 crore to Rs 50 crore, the president said while visiting quake-hit areas.
Widodo stressed that the new houses to be built must be able to withstand the tremors of the earthquake.
The quake struck at 1:21 p.m. Jakarta time (0621 GMT) on Monday with its epicenter 10 km southwest of Cianjur district in West Java province, and a depth of 10 km, the weather, climatology and geophysics. (1 US dollar equals 2005 rupees) ■