SEPANG: Five Malaysian climbers have safely returned home following Sunday's powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake that hit Lombok, Indonesia.
One of the climbers, Siti Hidayah Zainuddin, 38, said during the tragedy, she was with 19 other and they were arranging their backpacks before continuing with their expedition to the top of Mount Rinjani.
"We were scheduled to continue with out activities about 7am. However, everything went haywire three minutes before 7am. We panicked and were clueless at that moment," she told reporters when met at klia2 here today.
The others who returned today were Nur Sakinah Hasman who had taken to Facebook from Perkampungan Senaru, near Mount Rinjani, saying that her group needed helicopters to be lifted out.
She later wrote that they managed to drive out of the area with 19 other Malaysians but needed help to change their flight tickets back to Malaysia.
The five climbers arrived at klia2 via AirAsia flight AK305 at 1.33pm after departing Lombok International Airport at 10.20am yesterday.
Meanwhile, the husband of Malaysian hiker Siti Nur Iesmawida Ismail, who tragically died in the Lombok earthquake, flew to Indonesia today.
Her father, Ismail Abdul Raffar, said his son-in-law Mohd Hafiz Kassim, 30, had left for Lombok at 8am to settle matters there.
He said the family had only found out about Siti's death via media reports.
A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has struck the popular Indonesian tourist destination at about 7am local time on Sunday (July 29), leaving at least 14 people dead.
On Sunday, the Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed that one Malaysian died and six others were injured from the earthquake.
The embassy has activated an operation room and Malaysians in Lombok, who need consular assistance, can call +62 2152 24947 or WhatsApp +62 813 8081 or e-mail email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.