QUAKE IN INDONESIA: MALAYSIAN EMBASSY SETS UP OPS ROOM

The Malaysian Embassy in Indonesia is coordinating joint action with the Indonesian police and National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) to assist Malaysians affected by the earthquake in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.

A statement issued by the embassy here said all the Malaysians stranded in Lombok were still being identified.

The Malaysian Embassy has now activated the Operations Room for Malaysians in Lombok who needed consular assistance, said the statement.

The ops room can be contacted via phone line 62215224947 and 62 8138081 3036 (Whatsapp) or email mwjakarta@kln.gov.my.

In the 5.47 am earthquake today, a Malaysian identified as Siti Nur Ismawida, aged 30, was killed in East Lombok from fallen building debris while at the foot of Mount Rinjani.

She and 17 other Malaysians were on a mission to scale Mount Rinjani, an active volcano. Six of the Malaysian climbers were also reported to be injured in the incident.

Meanwhile in Putrajaya, Wisma Putra (Malaysian Foreign Ministry) in a statement, said the Foreign Ministry via its embassy in Jakarta had contacted Malaysian students around Bali, Indonesia to ensure their safety following the quake.

Wisma Putra said the Indonesian local authorities had contacted the Malaysian Embassy here and was in the process of providing assistance to the victims.

The Malaysian Embassy here has also contacted the next-of-kin of the victims concerning the incident, said the statement.

It added the Indonesian local authorities had so far confirmed 10 people died and 40 people were injured in the earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK