Malaysian stranded in typhoon, quake hit Japan arrives home


JOHOR BARU: A 32-year-old Malaysian who was left stranded in Hokkaido, Japan which was struck by Typhoon Jebi and a powerful earthquake last week, has safely arrived home this morning.

Nordziakon Husnan or fondly known as Rudy arrived at the Senai International Airport here at 8 am and was greeted by his wife Aainaa Mardhiah Juraisan, 30, and their six-year-old daughter Nursyahzani Nazita Aailah.

Efforts to bring home Rudy, the technician who is also pursuing his Masters in Information Technology at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) was carried out by the Johor UMNO Liaison Body which had also fully funded the flight tickets.

Rudy who went for a solo trip to Japan on Sept 1 and was scheduled to return home on last Wednesday was left stranded at the Chitose Airport due to the technical problems after the northern island of Hokkaido was jolted by the Typhoon Jebi and the earthquake last week.

Typhoon Jebi, the most powerful typhoon to make landfall in Japan in 25 years hit several areas of the country on Sept 4, causing flights and rail services as well as some commercial facilities’ operations to be canceled.

Two days later, a strong earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale hit Hokkaido. However, the quake did not pose a tsunami threat. - Bernama © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd