Quake strands climbers in Malaysia

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Published: Friday 5th June 2015 by The News Editor

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An earthquake has injured 11 climbers on south-east Asia’s highest peak and about 130 people are stranded, officials say.

Malaysia’s meteorological department said the magnitude-5.9 quake struck north west of Ranau district in Sabah state on Borneo at a depth of 34 miles.

Sabah Parks director Jamili Nais said two climbers who were injured on Mount Kinabalu have been brought down. Nine more people are believed to be injured among the 137 stranded on the mountain.

Their climbing route was apparently blocked or made dangerous by rocks and boulders loosened by the quake and small aftershocks.

The park director said helicopters cannot land due to bad weather and the high altitude, but park rangers and mountain guides are trying to help the climbers down.

Published: Friday 5th June 2015 by The News Editor

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