Published: Tue, March 19, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

At Least 2 Malaysians Have Been Found Dead In Lombok Earthquake

At Least 2 Malaysians Have Been Found Dead In Lombok Earthquake

Her son was also with her and was slightly injured, but is receiving treatment at a hospital.

The 5.5-magnitude quake is thought to have caused the landslide at the Tiu Kelep waterfall in the north of the island.

A moderately strong quake 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.

Indonesia's Antara news agency reported that rescuers found the body of the victim wedged between the rock debris of the landslide at the Tiu Kelep waterfall. However, her personal details have yet to be disclosed, Malay Mail reported.

Tai was the spouse of China Press editor-in-chief Datuk Teoh Yang Khoon.

Malaysian Embassy officials in Lombok are coordinating with local authorities to ensure the smooth running of operations to bring back the remains of the two deceased and also other Malaysians affected by the quake there.

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It said search-and-rescue efforts to look for the victims are being carried out by the Indonesian authorities.

The ministry expressed its condolences to the family of the victim and urged all Malaysians affected by the natural disaster to contact its Jakarta-based Malaysian Embassy.

"We hope they all survive".

A series of quakes and aftershocks killed 500 people in Lombok a year ago and caused an estimated $500 million of damage to buildings and public infrastructure.

As a result, several parts of the archipelago are prone to earthquakes, including the deadly earthquakes in Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara Province, and Palu, the capital city of Central Sulawesi Province. "We have had to bear with communication constraints and various other problems", he said.

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