Lombok quake: Malaysia to bring home climber's remains as soon as possible

Lombok quake: Malaysia to bring home climber's remains as soon as possible

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian government will bring home the remains of the Malaysian woman who was killed in the earthquake in Lombok on Sunday (Jul 29) as soon as possible, said Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

The victim, identified as Siti Nur Ismawida, 30, was with 17 other Malaysians who were on a mission to scale the volcanic Mount Rinjani.

The victim was killed by falling building debris, while six others were reportedly injured.

Dr Wan Azizah, who is also president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), said Siti was a PKR member from Desa Pandan, Kuala Lumpur.

“The Malaysian government will strive to immediately bring home her remains,” she said in a Twitter post.

Dr Wan Azizah also conveyed her condolences to the victim’s family, saying she prayed that they would be given the strength to get through this tragedy.

Full details pertaining to the victim and the group of climbers from Malaysia have not yet been obtained and the Malaysian Embassy in Indonesia is seeking full information on the incident.

The temblor shook the region of West Nusa Tenggara and Lombok at 5.47am on Sunday, causing people to flee homes and buildings. At least 14 people are dead and 162 injured.

Malaysia is offering assistance in search and rescue (SAR) operations as well as for rehabilitation of victims.

Dr Wan Azizah said the Malaysian government would wait for feedback from Indonesia regarding the form of assistance required. 

"So far, there has been no request (for SAR or rehabilitation aid) from the Indonesian side, but we are ready to offer such assistance,” she said.

Source: Bernama/zl