The powerful earthquake left 162 dead in Cianjur region, West Java, Indonesia
The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) is deeply saddened to learn about the 5.6 magnitude earthquake that struck Cianjur region, West Java, Indonesia.
The powerful earthquake left 162 dead with over 700 injured, with collapsing infrastructure being responsible for many casualties. The earthquake caused considerable damage with landslides also occurring after the initial tremors. The earthquake itself was quite shallow, occurring at a 10 km depth.
Rescue operations are underway, as there are fears the number of deaths and injuries could be higher with people still trapped under rubble. The affected area is densely populated with many poorly constructed buildings. Electricity outages are slowing rescue and recovery efforts.
The tremors were also strongly felt in Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta, located 100 km away.
The CCA General Secretary, Dr Mathews George Chunakara, expressed concern and deep sympathy for those affected and bereaved, and offered prayers.
The CCA General Secretary contacted CCA member church representatives in Jakarta and conveyed a message of solidarity and prayer support at this time of great sorrow: “Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this calamity. We offer prayers of consolation and comfort for all who have lost their loved ones and for the safe recovery of the injured. We also offer prayers for all who are engaged in the rescue operations in strenuous circumstances.”
CCA member churches on the Java island in Indonesia include the Gereja Kristen Pasundan (Pasundan Christian Church), Gereja Kristen Indonesia (Indonesia Christian Church), Gereja Protestan di Indonesia Bagian Barat (The Protestant Church in Western Part of Indonesia), Gereja Isa Almasih (Church of Jesus Christ in Indonesia), Gereja Kristen Muria Indonesia (The Muria Christian Churches in Indonesia), Sinode Gereja Gereja Kristen Jawa (Javanese Christian Churches), and the Gereja Kristen Jawi Wetan (Christian Church of Eastern Java).