MALAYSIA RELEASES NAMES OF VICTIMS STILL TRAPPED ON MOUNT KINABALU

The Malaysian authorities today released all 17 names of the Mount Kinabalu victims of an earthquake which struck Sabah Malaysia on Friday, which has left them still stranded on the popular climbing spot.

The names of 8 Singaporeans, 6 Malaysians, and one person each from China, Philippines and Japan were posted on a notice board at a media center situated at on the foot of Mount Kinabalu.

The victims from Singapore include teachers and students of Tanjung Katong Primary School, and other adult climbers:

Rachel Ho Yann Shiuan,
Sonia Jhala,
Emilie Giovanna Ramu,
Ameer Ryaan Mohd Adeed,
Navdeep Singh Jaryal a/l Rajkumar,

Mohammad Ghazi Mohamed, 35,
Loo Jian Liang Terrence, 29,
Muhammad Daanish Amran, 22.

On the first day of search and rescue operations, teams of security personnel, with the assistance of mountain guides and villagers, recovered 2 bodies identified as 12 year-old Singaporean student Peony Wee Ying Ping and 30 year-old Malaysian Robbi Sapinggi from Kampung Kiau in Kota Belud.

Rescue teams recovered another 11 bodies yesterday, pushing the total deaths from the quake up to 13, 6 people are still missing. The deceased have been flown to Kota Kinabalu by helicopter for post mortem.

The Malaysian authorities also announced that another 12 year-old Singaporean student, Prajesh Dhimant Patel, has been seriously injured and is currently undergoing emergency treatment at Gleneagles Hospital in Kota Kinabalu.

Ranau police chief Deputy Superintendent Farhan Lee Abdullah said that rescue operations will continue until they find the missing persons.

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