KUALA LUMPUR: Some 190 Malaysians were evacuated from Lombok, Indonesia, after a magnitude 7 earthquake struck the island on Sunday, Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah announced today.
One of the evacuees was Home Affairs Ministry secretary-general Datuk Alwi Ibrahim and his delegation who were on the popular resort island to attend a regional meeting.
"The Malaysian embassy is facilitating the return of all Malaysians in Lombok," the minister said.
Saifuddin also said that the evacuees have been transported to Jakarta and will be heading back to Malaysia via AirAsia flights from today and tomorrow.
"Malaysia is ready to give humanitarian aid to Indonesia but we have not received an official request from their government for aid," he said at a press conference at the Parliament lobby.
Saifuddin also pointed out that the Malaysian non-governmental organisation Global Peace Malaysia is on the island to help earthquake victims.
This is the second earthquake to hit the island in a week, the last one, which was a 6.4 magnitude quake killed 17 people including a Malaysian hiker.
The latest quake was more powerful than the previous one, and struck at a depth of 10km, the US Geological Survey said.