Malaysians killed, many injured by earthquake-triggered landslide on Lombok


The first quake, with a magnitude of 5.8 on the Richter scale occurred at 2.07pm Western Indonesia Time and the epicentre was 24km northeast of East Lombok-West Nusa Tenggara.

They were part of a group of 22 Malaysians who were at the Tiu Kele Senaru waterfall in North Lombok when the quake happened.

The deputy chief editor of Sin Chew Daily Tai Siew Kim was reportedly killed today in an natural disaster which hit Lombok, Indonesia.

"All the other Malaysians affected by the incident have been rescued". The Jakarta Post reported a 5.4-magnitude tremblor.

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.

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.

Tai is also the wife of China Press editor-in-chief, Datuk Teoh Yang Khoon.

JAKARTA, March 18 ― The second Malaysian killed in the quake-triggered landslide in Lombok, Indonesia, yesterday, has been identified as Lim Sai Wah, also a woman.

The ministry said the Indonesian authorities are yet to release an official statement on the disaster.

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.

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