Tragedy has struck Malaysia’s picturesque island of Langkawi after strong winds uprooted, and knocked over a coconut tree, seriously injuring two below, and killing one last night.
The incident occurred in Pantai Cenang, along the southwestern coast of the island. Police identified the deceased as Muhammad Sukri Koto Alwi, 24 years old. The two others currently in hospital receiving treatment have also been named as 26-year-old Chong Win Ken, and 24-year-old Yong Shui Tian. Both were sent to Langkawi Hospital following the incident, after witnesses who saw the tragedy unfold called emergency services.
Several photos of concerned holidaymakers rushing to the scene have been circulating online, with police explaining that the accident occurred in front of the popular Mali-Mali Beach Resort and Kalut Cafe.
Earlier this week, warnings from Malaysia’s meteorological were issued over high seas and winds related to tropical storm Pabut in and around the island, advising the public to avoid beaches and stay indoors. Yesterday’s high winds were not part of that weather system.