GPM committed to helping quake victims in Lombok

LOMBOK, The Global Peace Mission (GPM) Malaysia is committed to sending aid to the earthquake victims in Lombok.

GPM Malaysia Operations Chief Officer Syahrir Azfar Saleh said the disaster that occurred last Sunday had badly affected many residents in several districts in North Lombok and East Lombok.

“GPM Malaysia has previously given a lot of assistance in constructing temporary shelters to the community in North Lombok who were hit by an earthquake in July last year, he told Bernama News Channel (Astro channel 502) here today.

Syahrir who is also mission head of GPM Malaysia said the assistance through a humanitarian mission also targeted residents of Desa Senaru in North Lombok.

He said 10 local youths had helped the 22 Malaysians who were affected by the disaster while on a picnic at the Tiu Kelep Waterfalls.

“GPM Malaysia will do something to help lighten the burden of the local people as a show of our appreciation to them, he said.

In a meeting this morning with the local residents, Syahrir also handed a donation of RM1000 to a representative of the residents.

In the earthquake, two Malaysians were killed and seven injured, including four who were hospitalised, while 13 people were safe.

All 22 Malaysians were reported to be at the Tiu Kelep Waterfalls in Senaru when the earthquake which measured 5.8 on the Richter scale hit East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, on March 17.

A 14-year-old youth from Desa Senaru, Tomy Al Bayani, was also killed in the incident.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)