CNN —A deadly earthquake that reduced buildings to rubble in West Java, Indonesia has once again exposed the dangers of living in poorly built homes in one of the most seismically active zones on the planet.
“The houses affected by this earthquake are required to use earthquake-resistant building standards by the Minister of Public Works and Public Housing,” he said.
So the houses should be earthquake-resistant.”But in a developing nation where about 43% of the population live in rural areas, in largely unsafe and poorly constructed homes, the task of making earthquake-resistant buildings remains a huge challenge.
A man reacts as rescuers look for victims at an area affected by landslides after Monday's earthquake hit in Cianjur, West Java province, Indonesia, November 22, 2022.
Of the 271 people killed in Monday’s quake, at least 100 were children, many of whom were in school when the quake struck.
The quake shook the foundations of buildings, causing the concrete structures to collapse and roofs to cave in.
Most of the people killed were crushed or trapped beneath debris, according to West Java’s governor, Ridwan Kamil.
“All the houses were covered with dirt and mud,” she said, adding that she was reunited with her family who survived the quake.
The earthquake was very strong.”Indonesian search and rescue team evacuate the bodies from destroyed buildings in Cianjur Regency, West Java province, on November 22, 2022.
Aditya Irawan/NurPhoto/APIn Indonesia, houses were traditionally constructed from organic building materials including timber, bamboo and thatched grasses, owing to the hot and humid climate in the country.
A man stands near houses damaged after earthquake hit in Cianjur, West Java province, Indonesia, November 21, 2022.
In West Java, hope is fading of pulling more people alive from the quake debris.
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