Delhi: In Indonesia, the death toll from a powerful earthquake that rocked the remote Maluku islands has risen to 23. More than 15,000 people were also evacuated to shelters.
The 6.5-magnitude tremor had sparked landslides that buried at least one victim yesterday. Among the confirmed dead was an infant, with many killed by falling debris in and around quake-struck Ambon city.
National disaster mitigation agency spokesman Agus Wibowo said in a statement that the total number of people who died is 23.
More than 100 people were also injured and at least 15,000 people had to evacuate because their houses were damaged by the strong jolt, Wibowo said.
Hundreds of houses, offices, schools and public facilities have also been damaged in the disaster. Authorities have set up emergency tents and public kitchen for the evacuees in several districts.