Eleven dead, eight missing following Malaysia mountain quake

Eleven people were killed and eight others are missing after an earthquake near Malaysia's highest peak

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Photo by: Getty Images

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Eleven people have been killed and eight are still missing after a strong earthquake hit Malaysia's highest mountain, injuring another 20 people.

The 6.0 magnitude quake rocked the Mount Kinabalu, which reportedly damaged the peak’s famed “Donkey’s Ears” rock formation.

Malaysian authorities said nine bodies have been recovered after the quake and search teams are continuing to work to find missing people. One hundred and thirty seven people were trapped on the mountains due to landslide, the official said.

“Sad Day! I have just announced the recovery of 9 bodies by rescue teams. Trying to get helis to bring them down,” Masidi Manjun, tourism minister of eastern Sabah state, tweeted.

One hundred and sixty seven climbers were rescued from the mountain, which has one of Southeast Asia's tallest peaks. A 30-year-old mountain guide and a 12-year-old Singaporean child were confirmed dead.

"We are trying to bring down the nine bodies from the top of the mountain, but it's a problem because of the thick clouds," a rescue official told Reuters.

"We are trying to bring them down by helicopters, but the mountain top is still looking cloudy. But even if the weather is still bad, we will try bring them down by whatever other means."

Many of the missing were students and teachers from a Singaporean primary school, CNN reported.

"We will do all we can to find the missing students and teachers in Mount Kinabalu," Singapore's Minister of Education Heng Swee Keat wrote on Facebook.

Mount Kinabalu is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the state of Sabah, in Malaysian Borneo. All tours have been suspended for three weeks following the quake.

TRTWorld and agencies