Quake-stranded climbers rescued in Malaysia

2015-06-06 11:04
Mount Kinabalu is photographed hours after the earthquake shook the area in Kundasang, Sabah, Malaysia. (AP)

Mount Kinabalu is photographed hours after the earthquake shook the area in Kundasang, Sabah, Malaysia. (AP)

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Kota Kinabalu - Malaysian rescuers brought 137 hikers down to safety on Saturday after an earthquake had stranded them atop Mount Kinabalu, but reports said at least two people were killed and 16 remained missing.

The 6.0-magnitude quake struck near the picturesque mountain, a popular tourist destination, early on Friday, sending landslides and huge granite boulders tumbling down from the 4 095m peak's wide, jagged crown.

The quake, one of the strongest in the country in decades, jolted a wide area of the Malaysian state of Sabah on Borneo island, shattering windows, cracking walls and causing other relatively minor damage.

"The 137 climbers have safely arrived at the Park HQ, the last batch early on Saturday," Sabah state tourism minister Masidi Manjun on his Twitter feed.

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The stranded climbers had been stuck on the picturesque mountain for up to 18 hours, their descent blocked by damage to a key trail and the threat of continuing rockfalls.

But Masidi added: "We have a challenging task today (on Saturday)searching for those missing," and hours earlier he had confirmed there had been fatalities.

He gave no details on the numbers of dead, injured or missing.

But Malaysian media reports said a local tour guide and a Singaporean female had been killed on the mountain.

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