Published On: Sun, Mar 17th, 2019

Indonesia earthquake: Lombok hit by deadly landslides after 5.4-magnitude earthquake | World | News

Around 40 Indonesian and Malaysian tourists were visiting the Tiu Kelep waterfall, Senaru Village, north of Lombok, when the quakes struck at 2.07pm local time on Sunday. A 5.8-magnitude earthquake and a 5.2-magnitude aftershock also destroyed about 500 homes before causing the landslides. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the disaster agency, said the two people who died were both Malaysians.

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

One of the victims was identified as a 14-year-old boy. 

The Malaysian who was killed has been identified as 56-year-old Datin Tai Siew Kim, who was deputy executive editor-in-chief of Sin Chew Daily. 

She was reportedly there on holiday with several other Malaysians, according to Mr Nugroho.

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

She was also the wife of China Press editor-in-chief, Datum Tech Yang Khoon. 

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 earthquake struck East Lombok, Indonesia today at 2.07pm.

“The Ministry would like to express its condolences to the victims and their families affected.”

According to a statement issued by the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency on Sunday afternoon, the 5.4-magnitude quake’s epicenter was located approximately 20 kilometres north of the regency’s Selong city. 

The earthquake was also believed to be 20km deep.

No tsunami warnings were issued following the two earthquakes. 

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

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

In Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua, flash floods and landslides triggered by torrential rain have killed at least 58 people, injured dozens and displaced more than 4,000, authorities said on Sunday.

Muhammad Rum, head of West Nusa Tenggara disaster agency told Kompas TV that not everyone had been rescued yet. 

He said: “We hope they all survive. We cannot be sure yet, the evacuation is still underway.

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

More than 500 people were killed while more than 1,500 were injured during that disaster. 

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