JAKARTA — March 17, 2019: A second Malaysian has been reported killed in the quake-triggered landslide in Lombok, which earlier claimed the life of a Malaysian journalist.
Indonesia’s Antara news agency reported that rescuers found the body of the second Malaysian victim wedged between rocks at the Tiu Kelep waterfall.
The journalist has been identified as Datin Tai Siew Kim, 56, the deputy executive chief editor of Sin Chew Daily, who was on holiday with her son and several friends, said National Board for Disaster Management spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.
Antara quoted the public relations officer of the Mataram Search and Rescue Operation, Gusti Lanang Wisnuwandana, as saying that the body of the second Malaysian could not be removed as yet.
A spokesman of the Malaysian Embassy here confirmed the news but did not have other details.
According to the latest information, three persons have so been confirmed to have died in the moderate earthquake that also destroyed almost 500 homes.
A 5.8-magnitude quake hit the island at 3.07 pm Malaysian time today, followed by an aftershock two minutes later.
A tour agent called Pak Suminggah said a group of 28 Malaysian tourists had arrived in Lombok on March 14 for a holiday and were scheduled to return Monday night. Twenty-two had gone to the waterfall today while the rest remained at their hotel in Mataram. — Bernama