MALAYSIA: CLIMBING ACTIVITIES ON MOUNT KINABALU WILL RESUME TOMORROW

KUNDASANG, Sabah state, Malaysia All climbing activities on Mount Kinabalu will resume tomorrow after being suspended temporarily following an earthquake last night, said Sabah state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Masidi Manjun.

He said a 47-member team carried out the inspection to assess the damages and found only minor ones on the route.

The inspection started from the Timpohon Gate to the Low’s Peak at 4,095 metres above sea level, and the accommodation building in the Panalaban area is also unaffected, he said in a statement here today.

He said the inspection team comprised personnel from Sabah Parks, guides, porters, Mountain Search and Rescue (MOSAR) team members, staff of Sutera Sanctuary Lodges and Mountain Torq.

As an additional step to ensure the situation was safe again, Sabah Parks director Dr Jamili Nais with nine staff members, Mosar personnel as well as SSL staff would be spending the night in Panalaban (3,272 metres above sea level) tonight, he said.

A 5.2 magnitude earthquake struck Ranau at 9.06 pm last night and a total of 239 people, including 130 climbers were in Panalaban during the incident and were brought down with the help of Mosar personnel and the mountain guides.

Source: NAM News Network