Earthquake kills over 50, wounds hundreds in Indonesia 

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5.6-magnitude earthquake killed more than 50 people and wounded hundreds in Indonesia’s West Java province on Monday, with rescuers trying to reach survivors trapped under the rubble as aftershocks hit.

West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil confirmed 56 deaths from the quake, whose epicentre was the town of Cianjur, about 75 km (45 miles) southeast of Jakarta’s capital.

The national disaster agency (BNPB), whose data lagged behind local officials on the ground on Monday, told a news conference that up to 700 people had been injured and more than 300 homes damaged or destroyed.

West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil confirmed 56 deaths from the quake, whose epicentre was the town of Cianjur, about 75 km (45 miles) southeast of Jakarta’s capital.

The national disaster agency (BNPB), whose data lagged behind local officials on the ground on Monday, told a news conference that up to 700 people had been injured and more than 300 homes damaged or destroyed.

In 2004, a 9.1 magnitude quake off Sumatra island in northern Indonesia triggered a tsunami that struck 14 countries, killing 226,000 people along the Indian Ocean coastline, more than half of them in Indonesia.

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