PETALING JAYA: Wisma Putra has confirmed that a Malaysian traveller was injured due to a rockfall at Taiwan’s Taroko National Park after a 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck the coastal city of Hualien.
The victim, who was injured after he was hit by falling rocks when visiting the national park yesterday, has been admitted to the Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital.
“Wisma Putra via the Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre will continue to monitor the victim in Taipei and will give assistance accordingly,” it said in a statement.
Malaysian citizens involved in the incident and who may need any consular assistance should contact the Malaysian Friendship and
Trade Centre at 8th Floor, San Ho Plastic Building, 102, Dun Hua North Road, Taipei.
They can also contact +886 22713 2626 or the representative officer at +886 90574 6271 or email them at email@example.com.
According to China Press, two Malaysians were injured by a rockfall during the earthquake at the park, one of Taiwan’s most beautiful sights.
Quoting several Taiwanese media, the Chinese daily reported two tourists were hit by falling rocks.
The female tourist injured her head while a male tourist was trapped under the rubble at the Lushui trail of the national park.
But it was unknown how severe their injuries were.
Police have confirmed both injured tourists are Malaysians.
The local fire department will be deploying a stone crusher machine and generator to the mountain area to help with rescue efforts.
According to the reports, the Lushui trail was destroyed due to the earthquake.
The quake struck at about 1pm in eastern Hualien, at a depth of about 19km.
A weather bureau official said it was the largest quake to hit the island so far this year.
A hundred people were reportedly evacuated from a building in Taipei City.
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