March 17, 2019 9:40 am
Updated: March 17, 2019 10:06 am

35 tourists trapped, 2 dead after landslides hit waterfall site in Indonesia: officials

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Around 35 foreign and domestic tourists are believed to be trapped and two others died after landslides hit a waterfall site on Indonesia’s tourist island of Lombok on Sunday, a disaster agency official said.

Two moderate earthquakes struck Lombok, triggering the landslides, when around 40 Malaysian and domestic tourists were visiting the Tiu Kelep waterfall, north of the island, Muhammad Rum, head of West Nusa Tenggara disaster agency told Kompas TV.

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Search and rescue efforts have only managed to evacuate three of the 40 and two were found dead, Rum said.

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“We hope they all survive. We cannot be sure yet, the evacuation is still underway,” Rum said. He could not confirm the nationality of those who died or were rescued.

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

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

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