UNITED NATION, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- A team of 10 UN officials assessed Thursday the emergency relief needs in the aftermath of the massive earthquake that struck Indonesia Wednesday, a UN spokesperson said.
The team, consisting of representatives from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), World Food Program (WFP), the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), the World Bank and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), started its mission in Tasikmalaya, South Bandung, Garut and Bandung district, Marie Okabe told a daily news briefing.
They will visit the remaining affected districts of Ciamis and Cianjur on Friday while OCHA will hold a meeting to finalize the results of the assessment, Okabe said.
An earthquake measured about 7.3 on the Richter scale hit West Java Wednesday around 2:55 p.m. local time. Indonesian authorities said Thursday that the death toll has climbed to 57 and more than 3,000 people have been forced from their homes.
Another 42 people are missing and feared buried following a landslide in Cianjur district and almost 24,000 houses were either totally or partially damaged in the earthquake, with some 367 schools and 353 places of worship in West Java also affected, according to OCHA.
Two serious aftershocks measuring 5.1 and 5.4 respectively were also recorded within the next 90 minutes and 69 smaller tremors have since been reported, with indications that the quake was felt as far north as the national capital, Jakarta, and as far east as the island of Bali.