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Dozens of tourists caught up in deadly landslide


Most of the injured were tourists

Damage from the quake (HANDOUT / BADAN NASIONAL PENANGGULANGAN BENCANA (BNBP) / AFP)

 

At least two people have been killed and more than 30 injured after a landslide in Indonesia’s North Lombok regency. 

  

According to a statement from the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, a 5.4-magnitude earthquake that struck at 2pm on Sunday triggered the landslide, the Jakarta Post reported. 

 

Around 20kms deep, the quake’s epicentre was located 20 kms north of East Lombok’s Selong City. 

 

Tourists were caught behind a waterfall (Image Herry Firmansyah)

 

The agency said the quake had not triggered a tsunami, but the North Lombok regency administration confirmed that it had caused a landslide at the Tiu Kelep Waterfall in Bayan district. 

 

“There were about 40 tourists affected by the landslide around the area. Most of the victims were Malaysians and domestic tourists,” a spokesman said. 

 

Last July and August, a series of quakes hit Bayan district, killing more than 500 people and injuring over 1,500 others. 

 

Given their relative frequency, do natural disasters deter you from travelling to Indonesia?

 


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 18 March 2019


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