RANAU: Climbers rescued from Mount Kinabalu after a 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck the district last night said they continuously prayed for their safety.
"We were panicked and all sorts of thoughts were running through our minds after the first quake.
“My friend and I continuously prayed that everything would be fine. My mother managed to contact me (on the phone) and asked about my wellbeing when I was at Panalaban,” said Nur Nadia Fariha Madon Mashaid, 24.
The first-time climber was among 130 mountaineers who were safely transported by rescue personnel to the Timpohon gate between 1.30am and 4.30am today.
Nur Nadia’s friend, Maslina Romli, 29, said the deadly earthquake which struck the area three years ago was still fresh in her mind.
"When the roof (of our lodging) was shaking, I thought it was the wind. But the bed was also shaking, and I heard people shouting, asking everyone to evacuate.
“Two other friends and I ran to the field nearby,” said Maslina, who is from Perlis.
During the evacuation, the group of friends said they could feel tremors and heard loud sounds of rocks falling.
Climber Devagi, 26, said that although she was not able to scale the mountain, she is grateful she is safe.