A 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit Sabah yesterday (Jun 5) at 7.15am and caused massive landslides in Mount Kinabalu. Two has been confirmed dead, hit by the falling rocks and debris, and one of them is a 12 year old Singaporean girl. The girl is believed to be part of the Tanjong Katong Primary School’s (TKPS) excursion at Mount Kinabalu. 8 students, also 12 year olds, and 2 teachers from TKPS remain uncontactable now.
The photo below seems to be the actual group from TKPS who are affected by the earthquake:
The 2 teachers identified are Mohammad Ghazi and Terrence Sebastian Loo.
The parents and family members of the 10 missing persons are on board a C130 aircraft this morning 11am to Sabah. It is unknown how many TKPS students made the trip to Mount Kinabalu, but from the Facebook page of a parent, his son, 12 year old student Emyr Uzayr, was found and currently receiving medical attention for a head injury.
The actual report of the casualties involving Singaporeans from Mount Kinabalu is still fuzzy as of press time. Malaysia news report said that one unidentified Singaporean male was heavily injured and carried back to the mountain base by 6 mountain guides.
The Ministry of Education confirmed that 29 students and 8 teachers went to the excursion but only 21 students and 6 teachers had been accounted for. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) posted on 8pm last night that “majority of Singaporeans” are safe. Currently, the MFA has sent a crisis response team and the SAF has also sent a medical team to work with the Malaysian authorities to assist the affected Singaporeans and search-and-rescue operations.