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Earthquake kills climbers in Borneo

Hannah Edensor

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake in Borneo has claimed the lives of 11 people, while eight more are still missing.

According to the BBC, the earthquake struck near Malaysia’s highest peak, with bodies recovered from Mount Kinabalu on the island of Borneo after the quake triggered landslides.

Some 137 climbers were stranded on the mountain for several hours but have now made it to safety.

According to local media, a Singaporean girl and a local guide are among the dead.

As per the BBC, Sabah tourism minister Masidi Manjun tweeted: “The 137 climbers have safely arrived at the Park HQ, the last batch at 2.50 am.”

He later confirmed that 11 bodies had been found and rescue teams were searching for eight people still unaccounted for.

World Journeys has reported that in the aftermath of the earthquake, all activities on the mountain and in Kinabalu Park are being suspended for at least three weeks in the interests of safety.

All other travel and activities in Borneo are running as usual, and all clients booked through World Journeys have been contacted.

Bad weather hampered rescue efforts on Friday, preventing helicopters from landing on the mountain. Many of the climbers had to make their own way down with the help of tour guides and park rangers.



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