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KUNDASANG, June 8, 2015:

Bad weather hampered “mop-up” operations at affected areas on Mount Kinabalu today.

Ranau police chief Deputy Superintendent Farhan Lee Abdullah said the operation, a joint effort by security agencies, was forced to be called off after proceeding only up to Km6.8.

“Our team went up by helicopter and on foot. Those on the heli could not even land as they were not able to penetrate the thick clouds. The strong winds didn’t help.

“Those who went on foot could only scale up to Km6.8. They were forced to call off the operation as there were still movements,” he said at a media conference.

In another development, he clarified that one of the victims, identified as Matahom Karyl Mitri Higuit, was actually a Filipina holding Singapore permanent resident status.

“She was among those on the Tanjong Katong Primary School trip. Her body has been released and sent home to Singapore.”

Meanwhile, Sabah Parks director Dr Jamili Nais said efforts to study the damage caused by the earthquake had failed, also due to the bad weather.

“We flew around the mountain and noticed that the earthquake had caused a ‘river of stone’ line due to the continuous falling of rocks from the summit.

“There were several spots that were badly affected, especially on the south side of the mountain.”

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