Banjarnegara earthquake displaces more than 2,000
By Agus Maryono
At least 2,000 people have been displaced and moved to shelters after an earthquake hit Banjarnegara, Central Java.
The 4.4 Richter scale earthquake struck at 1:28 p.m. local time on Wednesday, totally destroying many buildings in four villages in Kalibening district, Banjarnegara.
Banjarnegara Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) recorded two deaths and damage to more than 500 houses in the quake.
Banjarnegara Regent Budi Sarwono said the earthquake severely damaged houses and public facilities. “Based on preliminary data, around 500 houses were damaged by the earthquake in Kertosari, Kasinoman and Plorengan villages,” he told journalists on Thursday.
Public facilities damaged by the earthquake include four mosques and SMP 2 state junior high school in Kalibening.
Two residents, identified as Asep, 13, and Kasri, 80, reportedly died while 21 others suffered injuries and were undergoing hospital treatment.
The Banjarnegara administration has declared a state of emergency. "It will be valid for seven days, starting Thursday," Budi said.