KUNDASANG, June 7, 2015:
Authorities today released all 17 names of Mount Kinabalu quake victims, including the six who are still missing.
The names of six Malaysians, eight Singaporeans and one each from China, Philippines and Japan were posted on a white board at the media centre placed at the National Park, on.the.foothill of Mount Kinabalu.
The Malaysians are Lim Choon Seong, 45, Muhammad Loqman Abd Karim, 22, Mohd Khairuladzuan Abd, 39, and mountain staff Valerian Joannes, Ricky Masirin and Joseph Solugin.
The Singaporeans comprise students of Tanjung Katong Primary School plus adults: 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, and Muhammad Daanish Amran, 22.
Other foreigners are Luqi, 35, from China, Karyl Mitzi Higuit Matahom, 12, from Philippines and Ozaki Masahiro, 29, from Japan.
On the first day, search and rescue teams, comprising of security personnel with the assistance of mountain guides and villagers, recovered two bodies identified as Singaporean Peony Wee Ying Ping, 12, and Robbi Sapinggi, a 30-year-old from Kampung Kiau in Kota Belud.
Yesterday, rescue teams recovered another 11 bodies, bringing the total casualties to 13. Six are still missing.
The bodies have been flown to Kota Kinabalu by helicopter for post mortem.
The authorities also released the name of Prajesh Dhimant Patel, a 12-year-old Singaporean, who is reported to be seriously injured and is currently being treated at the Gleaneagles Hospital in Kota Kinabalu.
Ranau police chief Deputy Superintendent Farhan Lee Abdullah said that rescue operations will continue until they find the missing persons.
On Friday, the 7.15am earthquake’s epicentre was located 14km north of the Ranau, about a two-hour drive over mountain roads from Kota Kinabalu.
Tremors were felt around the west coast and interiors of Sabah but Mount Kinabalu and Ranau was apparently hit the worst, where it was reported that several avalanches have occurred.
State Meteorological Department director Abdul Malek Tussin said the earthquake’s depth was reported at 54km with tremors felt around Ranau, Tambunan, Tuaran, Kota Belud and the interiors.