Taufik helped visitors after the earthquake caused landslides. Photo: Youtube.

A seven-year-old deaf-mute boy who helped rescue foreign tourists when an earthquake hit Lombok island in Indonesia is being hailed as a hero.

Taufik, from Senaru village in North Lombok, assisted Malaysian tourists to find a way out of the Tiu Kelep Waterfall on March 24 when a 5.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the area, The Jakarta Post reported.

Global Peace Mission (GPM) Malaysia said the group will name the boy as a symbol of heroism and bravery for saving the tourists.

Malaysian tourist Wong Siew Lim said Taufik helped her and others escape after landslides occurred around the waterfall area where the tourists were sightseeing at the time.

Syahrir Azfar bin Saleh, the chief operation officer of GPM said the group is making efforts to get support from the Malaysian kingdom in order for the boy to be named as a hero in the country. His selfless acts would also be relayed to the royal family.

He added that the group wants to give Taufik a shot at a normal life despite his conditions, adding that they may bring the boy to Malaysia to provide him with medical assistance.

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