Malaysia 6.0 earthquake: Over 160 people stranded on mountain, 40 missing (VIDEO)

Friday, June 5, 2015
By Paul Martin
June 05, 2015

Rockfalls at Malaysia’s Mount Kinabalu, caused by a 6.0-magnitude earthquake on Borneo Island, have left more than 160 people stranded on the peak, with some injured, according to officials. Forty people have been reported missing.

About 120 climbers and 40 local guides appear to be unable to descend from the Kinabalu summit, due to the Friday morning earthquake. At least four climbers had injuries, such as broken bones and head wounds, the New Straits Times reported.

“It’s very tricky now,” Sabah state tourism minister Masidi Manjun told AFP. “We can’t land a helicopter up there because visibility is so bad, but the people can’t come down on their own because the main route is now impassable.”

The rescue operation “Op Gempa” has already led to 29 climbers being brought down from the 4,095-metre mountain, local police said.

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