Sabah quake: Counsellors sent to quake site

Family members of students from Tanjong Katong Primary School embrace in tears in memory of the victims from the school in an earthquake on Malaysia's Mount Kinabalu. -- PHOTO: AFP
Family members of students from Tanjong Katong Primary School embrace in tears in memory of the victims from the school in an earthquake on Malaysia's Mount Kinabalu. -- PHOTO: AFP

PUTRAJAYA - Counsellors have been sent to Sabah by Malaysia's Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, reports said on Sunday.

They will provide counselling services to those affected by the earthquake which hit Ranau and other districts in Sabah on Friday, Bernama news agency reported.

Rohani Abdul Karim, the Women, Family and Community Development minister, said counselling services were being provided at the temporary evacuation centre at Kem Bina Negara in Kundasang.

"As the climbers come from different countries, we are providing counsellors who speak English proficiently," she told reporters.

Datuk Seri Rohani said the temporary evacuation centre, which was set up on Friday, had provided information on the latest development to a total of 115 people including family members of climbers.

The centre has also made arrangements for providing food to worried family members, she said.

"Apart from the counselling service, we also provide various facilities to the people at the centre, including food," she was quoted by the agency as saying.