No reports of Singaporeans injured in Sabah earthquake

Aside from the climbers, the others brought down by Mountain Search and Rescue teams include staff who were managing hostels on Mount Kinabalu, four construction workers and Sabah Parks staff.
Aside from the climbers, the others brought down by Mountain Search and Rescue teams include staff who were managing hostels on Mount Kinabalu, four construction workers and Sabah Parks staff.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

SINGAPORE - There have been no reports of Singaporeans injured in the earthquake that hit the Ranau district of Sabah on Thursday night (March 8), triggering an evacuation of climbers from Mount Kinabalu.

Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a statement on Friday that it has contacted citizens who had registered their travel plans with the ministry and ascertained that they are safe.

The MFA said: "Singaporeans in the affected areas should take the necessary precautions for their personal safety, heed the instructions of the local authorities, and closely monitor the local news, as there may be aftershocks."

The ministry also advised Singaporeans in Ranau to stay in touch with family and friends.

A 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck Ranau at about 9pm on Thursday.

A total of 293 people, including 130 climbers, were safely evacuated from Mount Kinabalu following the incident, Malaysian paper The Star reported.

Besides the climbers, the other people brought down included hostel staff, construction workers and Sabah Parks staff.

 

The Star said that tremors were felt on the western face of the Mount Kinabalu from Kota Belud, Tamparuli, Kiulu and the city.

All climbing activity has been stopped, and an update about whether the mountain will be reopened is expected to be given on Friday evening, according to the Mount Kinabalu Facebook page.

Singapore's MFA said anyone requiring consular assistance can contact the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur on +60 16 661 0400 or the 24-hour MFA Duty Office on +65 6379 8800/8855.