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Fire at overcrowded Indonesian prison kills at least 41 人们

Fire at overcrowded Indonesian prison kills at least 41 人们
Foreign nationals are among those killed, say Indonesian authorities

至少 41 inmates were killed and 39 others injured in a fire at an overcrowded prison in Tangerang city near 印度尼西亚’s capital Jakarta 在星期三.

The fire broke out overnight, some time between 1 and 2am, a spokesperson for the prison department of the law and human rights ministry said. “The cause is under investigation,” Rika Aprianti was quoted as saying by news agency Reuters.

Ms Aprianti said several of the inmates were there for drug-related offences. She, 然而, did not say how many people were present when the fire broke out, but confirmed the prison was overcrowded.

The block where the fire broke out had the capacity for 122 人们, 她说. It was built to hold only 38 人们. The facility was still being evacuated as of 9am local time, Ms Aprianti said.

Footage shared by local media showed flames engulfing the prison’s detention centre, and later photos showed officials carrying orange body bags out to a waiting ambulance. Some of the bodies were unidentifiable because they were badly charred, a doctor from the Tangerang General Hospital told Reuters.

Block C2 prison of the overcrowded jail in Tangerang on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia on 8 九月 2021

The prison in Tangerang – which is an industrial and manufacturing hub in the Banten province and is roughly 40 kilometres away from Jakarta – housed more than 2,000 inmates, much more than the prison’s 600-person capacity, according to government data as of September.

“We’re working together with relevant authorities to look into the causes of the fire and of course formulating prevention strategies so that severe catastrophes like this won’t happen again,” Indonesian law and human rights minister Yasonna Laoly said in a statement after visiting the prison.

“Some rooms couldn’t be opened,” as the fire raged, the minister said.

Two of those who died in the fire were foreign nationals, from South Africa and Portugal, Mr Laoly said.

The initial suspicion is this was because of an electrical short circuit,” police spokesman Yusri Yunus told news channel Metro TV. The prison’s electrical wiring had not been upgraded since 1972, Mr Laoly said.

Overcrowded prisons are not a new phenomenon in Indonesia, where the emphasis is on incarceration instead of rehabilitation, according to experts.

“At the Tangerang prison there are only five guards working one shift to guard a prison with 2,079 人们,” Leopold Sudaryono, a criminologist and PhD candidate at the Australian National University told Reuters.

There were 13 guards on duty at the time the fire broke out, according to Ms Aprianti.

This was the deadliest fire incident witnessed in Indonesia after one that broke out at a fireworks factory in 2017, killing at least 30 人们, that also occurred in Tangerang.