8 pupils, 2 teachers from TKPS unaccounted for
Eight pupils and two teachers from Tanjong Katong Primary School (TKPS) who were on a trip to Mount Kinabalu are unaccounted for.
A 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit Sabah on Friday morning (June 5), triggering landslides and sending huge boulders tumbling down the 4,095-metre mountain’s wide granite crown, Sabah state tourism minister Masidi Manjun told AFP.
A total of 29 pupils and eight teachers from TKPS were on the trip.
A parent of a pupil on the trip, who declined to be named, said the group was on a student leaders’ trip called the Omega Challenge.
Her daughter was injured, but she does not know the extent of her injury.
The Ministry of Education said in a statement that three schools, Fuchun Secondary School, Greenridge Secondary School and Tanjong Katong Primary School, are in Mount Kinabalu, Sabah.
All pupils and teachers from Fuchun and Greenridge have been accounted for and arrangements have been made for them to return to Singapore, the statement said.
Of the 29 pupils and eight teachers from Tanjong Katong Primary School, 21 pupils and 6 teachers have been accounted for.
The ministry said they are continuing efforts to contact the remaining eight pupils and two teachers.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and International SOS are rendering assistance for their safe return to Singapore.
Parents have been informed and kept updated on the situation.
The MFA has dispatched a Crisis Response Team to Sabah on Friday afternoon to provide consular assistance to Singaporeans.
Read the full report in our print edition on June 5.
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