A powerful earthquake killed at least 162 people and injured hundreds on Indonesia’s main island overnight. Terrified residents fled into the street, some covered in blood and debris.

Many of the dead were school students who had finished their classes for the day and were taking extra lessons at Islamic schools when they collapsed, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said as he announced the latest death toll in the remote, rural area.

Hospitals were overwhelmed by injured people, and the toll was expected to rise further. No estimates were immediately available because of the area’s far-flung, rural population, but many structures collapsed, and residents and emergency workers braced for grim news.

Kamil said that more than 13,000 people whose homes were heavily damaged were taken to evacuation centres.

Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency recorded at least 25 aftershocks.

You May Also Like

Christians a minority in England for the first time, census shows

Fewer than half the people in England and Wales consider themselves Christian,…

Trainee pilot survives helicopter crash in Melbourne

A trainee pilot has survived after a helicopter crashed into a home…
Answering questions from reporters, the leaders criticised suggestions their meeting only took place because they were both young women

Jacinda Ardern, Sanna Marin meet in New Zealand after Finland ‘party PM’ scandal

Jacinda Ardern and Finland’s PM have slammed claims their first face-to-face meeting in…

Man with autism bashed and thrown off train in Melbourne’s east

A man living with autism has spoken of his pain and embarrassment…

Sydney locals use a Coles bag contraption to help a koala stuck near a busy Sydney road

A Coles plastic bag on a stick has come to the rescue…

Sydney mechanic Kubilay Kilincer jailed for 22 years after 1995 murder

The family of Hasan Dastan finally have justice after almost three decades,…

Car scrap yard ablaze in Grafton

The fire broke out just before 6pm yesterday in a scrap metal…

Pregnant mum and unborn child ‘unlikely to survive’ after attack in Perth car park

Diane Miller, 30, is in intensive care after a teenager allegedly threw…