Climbers missing in Malaysia quake


Published: Saturday 6th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Rescuers on Malaysia’s highest mountain have been searching for 17 climbers missing in a magnitude-5.9 earthquake that sent rocks and boulders raining down the trekking routes. Two others were killed and 20 injured.

The quake was centred north west of Ranau district in Sabah state on Borneo island.

Two bodies were recovered from the 4,095-metre (13,435-foot) Mount Kinabalu late yesterday, including a 30-year-old local guide and a 12-year-old female Singaporean student, a police official said.

Most of the climbers descended the mountain but 17 are still missing, he said.

Twenty of the climbers suffered injuries including broken limbs and one is in a coma, he said.

Based on police records, the 17 missing include eight Singaporeans, and one each from China, the Philippines and Japan. The rest are Malaysians.

Aome 60 rescuers and four helicopters had been dispatched to comb the mountain. Loose rocks and boulders that fell during the quake blocked part of the main route, he said.

“We will try our best to complete our rescue by today. We pray for the best,” he said.

The quake also damaged roads and buildings, including schools and a hospital on Sabah’s west coast.

State tourism minister Masidi Manjun tweeted that it also broke one of the twin rock formations on the mountain known as the Donkey’s Ears.

Published: Saturday 6th June 2015 by The News Editor

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