At Least 2 Malaysians Have Been Found Dead In Lombok Earthquake

The aftermath of a quake-triggered landslide on the Indonesian island of Lombok

Around 35 foreign and domestic tourists are believed to be trapped and two others died after landslides hit a waterfall site on Indonesia's tourist island of Lombok on Sunday, a disaster agency official said.

Reports indicate that the quake was also felt on Bali, which is approximately 200km away.

The quake, which struck at 2.07pm local time on Sunday caused a landslide that trapped about 40 tourists at the Tiu Kelep waterfall in Senaru Village, north of Lombok.

"Two people died in the landslide in the Tiu Kelep waterfall after the quake, one of them is a Malaysian", a disaster agency spokesman told Agence France-Presse. A 5.8-magnitude natural disaster and a 5.2-magnitude aftershock also destroyed about 500 homes before causing the landslides.

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

Rescuers carry a survivor away
Camera Icon Rescuers carry a survivor

North Lombok Regional Secretariat and Protocol chief Mujaddid Muhas in a statement said there were 40 tourists in the area when the incident occurred.

"They include six injured people who are receiving treatment at a health centre in Lombok", said the Malaysian Embassy spokesman.

Four ambulances attended the scene, as well as medical and rescue personnel to help the victims.

According to Bernama, a tourist agent in Mataram, Lombok, known as Pak Arno, said the Malaysian travellers were staying at a hotel in Mataram.

The Bayan district was one of several areas heavily damaged by a series of earthquakes that hit the island between July and August previous year.

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