Destinations

Tourists trapped as landslide hits Indonesia

Around 40 tourists have become trapped in a landslide triggered by an earthquake near Lombok, Indonesia over the weekend.

The ABC reported two moderate earthquakes on Lombok had triggered landslides at a waterfall site trapping 40 foreign and domestic tourists.

A disaster agency official confirmed that at least two of the 40 tourists had died as a result of the event, warning that the death toll could rise.

Malaysian and domestic tourists were visiting the Tiu Kelep waterfall in the north of the island when the landslides struck, West Nusa Tenggara disaster agency chief Muhammad Rum told Kompas TV.

“We hope they all survive. We cannot be sure yet, the evacuation is still underway,” Rum said.

Search and rescue efforts have so far only managed to evacuate three of the 40, while Rum could not confirm the nationality of those who died or remained trapped.

Flash floods caused by the earthquakes have killed at least 50 people in the easternmost province of Papua, while the town of Sentani, near the provincial capital Jayapura, was hit by flash floods triggered by torrential rain on Saturday.

National disaster agency spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement that a search operation was still underway.

At least nine houses, two bridges and a Twin Otter plane at the region’s main airport were damaged by the floods, but the Sentani airport, the province’s main transport hub, remains open.

Disaster authorities have warned local governments of flash flood risks due to deforestation in the mountains surrounding the town.

“We’ve told local authorities to be careful of floods or flash floods considering forest destruction that has been happening in the Cyclops mountains,” Nugroho told Kompas TV.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Road & Rail

Tourism

Kiwi rail journey provider closes outdoor carriages due to dangerous selfies

Passengers’ risky behaviour in search of the ultimate selfie has forced the closure of some iconic train viewing platforms.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Travel Agents

Afterpay expands into travel with lay-by holiday offering

by Christian Fleetwood

Travel Weekly’s editor is planning to lay-by a holiday as soon as he finishes paying off a Hot Wheels Corkscrew Crash Track Set from Kmart.

Share

CommentComments

Road & Rail

At least 29 people killed in Madeira tourist bus crash

by Ali Coulton

The driver reportedly lost control of the bus before it plunged off the road and rolled down a hill.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

India’s Jet Airways collapses due to funding shortage

by Huntley Mitchell

It’s turning out to be a day of collapses this fine Thursday, with the office chair of Travel Weekly’s editor having just given way to his posterior.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Etihad to operate entirely plastic-free flight for Earth Day

This Earth Day, Travel Weekly is committing to slapping single-use coffee cups out of the hands of at least three commuters on our way to work. They’ll thank us when they recover from the burns.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Expedia to no longer be a controlled company following new acquisition

Online travel behemoth Expedia has broken the shackles and surfaced from its parent’s basement looking rather healthy, rather than malnourished and disheveled.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

One in five Aussies admit to missing their pets more than their kids when they go away

Pet owners across Australia are no doubt preparing to say tearful goodbyes to their furry life partners before going away this Easter, while simultaneously flipping off their kids.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Agent wrap: Qantas Holidays rewards premium agents, Bench Africa famil + more!

Does seeing all the famil pictures in our agent wraps make you green with envy? Take comfort in the fact that you don’t have to come into work for the next four days. We know we are.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Hotel wrap: Preferred hotels & resorts new members, Australia gets a second voco + more!

We took a 10-minute break from scoffing Easter eggs to bring you up to date with all the latest hotel openings and deals. You’re welcome.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Tourism

Travel Agents

Wholesalers

Why you need to attend the Amazing Tastes of Thailand roadshow

The Amazing Tastes of Thailand roadshow is just around the corner! Here’s why YOU need to be there.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Carnival cruise ship rescues dozens of people adrift at sea

A Carnival cruise ship has gone all Baywatch and saved the day by helping rescue a vessel carrying more than 20 passengers adrift in the Gulf of Mexico.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

WTF? Air stewards are selling unwashed uniforms on eBay

Inspired by this story, Travel Weekly’s editor is attempting to sell a pair of his unwashed Calvin Klein briefs on Gumtree, all for a low, low price of $1.25 plus shipping.

Share

CommentComments