Malaysian tourist injured in Taiwan quake dies

Rescue workers attending to the injured after the quake in Taiwan. (Hualien County Fire Department pic)

PUTRAJAYA: A Malaysian tourist injured during an earthquake at the Taroko Gorge National Park in Taiwan on April 18, died yesterday.

This was confirmed by Foreign Affairs Minister Saifuddin Abdullah in a statement today.

He said he had conveyed his condolences to a family member of Choo Yip Chean, 40.

“The foreign affairs ministry, through the Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre in Taipei, is now assisting the late Choo’s family to undertake the necessary procedures,” Saifuddin added.

It was reported that Choo was hiking at the Lushui Trail of the Taroko National Park in Hualien when the county was shaken by a strong earthquake of 6.1 magnitude.

At least 17 people were reported injured.