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Two Malaysians confirmed dead in Lombok quake, say embassy

Two Malaysians confirmed dead in Lombok quake, say embassy

A 5.8-magnitude quake rocked Lombok Island at 2.07 pm (3.07 pm Malaysian Time) Sunday and an aftershock of 5.2 magnitude followed two minutes later.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday it had received information from the Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta that the six Malaysian who were at the waterfalls were reported missing.

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

The Malaysian who was killed was identified as Sin Chew Daily's deputy executive editor-in-chief Datin Tai Siew Kim.

"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. Her son, who was with her, is now receiving treatment at a hospital. However, her personal details have yet to be disclosed, Malay Mail reported.

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

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"Seventeen other victims of the natural disaster will also return on the same day by Air Asia flight number AK309 directly from Lombok and are expected to arrive at klia2 at 3.15 pm", the statement said.

Forty-four people were injured in the quake, including eight Malaysians, Mr Nugroho said.

He said the injured Malaysians had been taken to the hospital and the ministry was in touch with the Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta. The repeated earthquakes have also damaged 23,098 houses and forced 134,236 people to be displaced.

"We hope they all survive. We have had to bear with communication constraints and various other problems", he said.

As a result, several parts of the archipelago are prone to earthquakes, including the deadly earthquakes in Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara Province, and Palu, the capital city of Central Sulawesi Province.