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‘Everyone screamed’: Indonesia earthquake witnesses recount horror


When a magnitude 5.6 earthquake hit Indonesia, panicked residents flooded the streets to save themselves, while some watched houses collapse. Hours later, the hospitals were filled with the wounded. Agus Azhari, 19, was with his mother in the house when the living room was destroyed in seconds by the earthquake.

told the horror of the earthquake, Agus Azhari said he held his mother’s hand and ran towards the door when part of the wall and roof fell, as his mother cried “God have mercy! My house!”

“I couldn’t see anything. The dust from the rubble obscured my view for a while,” Azhari told AFP, adding, “I grabbed my mother’s hand and we ran outside. I heard it. people were screaming for help from all around.”

“My mother looked at her house and she cried,” Azhari said.

As the number of injured increased, residents of Cianjur, the hardest hit, brought lifeless bodies to Sayang hospital by bicycle and pickup truck. Because of the power outage, doctors were unable to operate on the injured immediately.

According to the AFP report, some people went to another hospital, covered in blood, and some searched for their missing loved ones. The governor said some residents had suffered head and leg injuries that needed stitches.

Oman, a 55-year-old man, like most Indonesians, was making fried rice in a village near Cianjur when his house began to shake. “Suddenly I was crushed underneath it. I couldn’t do anything in the rubble. My wife was outside at the time,” he said.

AFP reported that his legs, arms and legs were pressed in the rubble but his son came to pull him out, only a broken leg and bloody body. “I don’t know where to go but at least I’m alive,” said Oman.

(With AFP input)

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