Indonesia quake toll rises to 22

Rescue operations are underway after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia’s Aceh province, flattening houses and causing landslides.

Officials say at least 22 people were killed and more than 200 injured by the quake, which struck the western tip of Sumatra island on Tuesday.

In Blang Mancung village, Central Aceh district, at least six children were killed and 14 trapped when a mosque collapsed during a Koran reading session, according to AFP.

“So far 22 people died, 210 people were injured, and thousands of buildings and homes were damaged in the quake,” disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

“Our search and rescue teams are struggling to evacuate an estimated 14 children still trapped under the rubble [of the mosque],” Subhan Sahara, a disaster management official in Central Aceh, told AFP news agency.

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