Indonesia quake: Two dead and tourists TRAPPED after deadly landslides strike Lombok
- Author: Joey Payne Mar 18, 2019,
Mar 18, 2019, 11:22
One of the Malaysian victims is Sin Chew Daily's deputy executive editor-in-chief, Datin Tai Siew Kim.
Malaysia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement: "The Foreign Ministry has received reports that a Malaysian has died while six more are missing after a 5.8 Richter scale natural disaster struck East Lombok, Indonesia today at 2.07pm". However, her personal details have yet to be disclosed, Malay Mail reported.
It said search-and-rescue efforts to look for the victims are being carried out by the Indonesian authorities.
According to Deputy Malaysian Ambassador to Indonesia, Zamshari Shaharan, seven Malaysians were injured in the incident and now receiving treatment at a hospital in Lombok.
The 5.5-magnitude quake is thought to have caused the landslide at the Tiu Kelep waterfall in the north of the island.
The Star reported that the quake was of 5.8-magnitude.
A moderately strong natural disaster triggered a landslide that hit a popular waterfall on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok on Sunday, killing at least two people, including a 14-year-old boy, and injuring dozens, officials said.
North Lombok Regional Secretariat and Protocol chief Mujaddid Muhas in a statement said there were 40 tourists in the area when the incident occurred.
The landslides affected dozens of tourists, mostly Indonesians and Malaysians, the Meteorological and Climatological Agency quoted local officials as saying.
The quake was felt in North Lombok, Central Lombok, West Lombok and all the way to Denpasar, in Bali.
Lombok was rocked by several earthquakes last summer, killing more than 500 people and leaving over 150,000 homeless.
Meanwhile, a tourist agent in Mataram, Lombok, known as Pak Arno, said the Malaysian travellers were staying at a hotel in Mataram.