Published: Tue, March 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Around 35 tourists believed trapped after landslides in Indonesia's Lombok, says official

Around 35 tourists believed trapped after landslides in Indonesia's Lombok, says official

At least two people were killed and another hospitalised after a magnitude 5.5 quake hit Indonesia's resort island of Lombok on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

"They were Malaysians. Two were killed while six others were injured", ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said at a press briefing in Jakarta on Monday.

Tai, 56, and six other Malaysians were at the Tiu Kelep Senaru waterfalls north of Lombok when a landslide occurred at the tourist spot from the aftershocks of the natural disaster at about 2.07pm local time.

But state news agency Antara reported only one was a Malaysian national.

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

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

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A tour agent identifying himself as Pak Suminggah said a group of 28 Malaysian tourists had arrived in Lombok on March 14 for a holiday and were scheduled to return on Monday night.

The Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency and the North Lombok Health Agency dispatched four ambulances to the scene, as well as medical and rescue personnel to aid and relocate victims. "We can not be sure yet, the evacuation is still underway", Rum said.

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

Last September, the country was hit by an quake and tsunami in Palu on Sulawesi island which killed around 2200 people.

"The body of one more person has been found, wedged between large rocks, in the vicinity of the Tiu Kelep waterfall".

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