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Indonesia earthquake: Dozens still missing as rescue efforts continue in Java

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Dozens of people are still missing after a 5.6 magnitude earthquake devastated the Indonesian island of Java on Monday.The death toll from the quake rose to 268 people on Tuesday, with more than 150 others still unaccounted for.Many of the dead were school students who had been taking extra classes when the buildings collapsed, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said.Rescuers have used their bare hands to shift the rubble of flattened buildings in some of the worst affected areas.The head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency told reporters that 1,083 people were injured and at least 151 missing.

Some of the victims of the earthquake have not yet been identified.Hospitals near the epicentre of Java are already overwhelmed, while some remote areas in Indonesia are still unreachable.Rescue operations were focused on about a dozen locations in Cianjur -- a region of more than 2.5 million people -- where many are still believed trapped.The earthquake struck at a depth of 10 kilometres and also caused panic in the capital of Jakarta, where high-rise buildings swayed and some people evacuated.Initial rescue attempts were hampered by damaged roads and bridges and power outages, and a lack of equipment to help move the heavy rubbleBy Tuesday, power supplies and phone communications had begun to improve, while some major roads have been cleared of debris.

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