12-year-old S’porean student confirmed dead in Sabah earthquake

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Ministry of Education (MOE) has confirmed that a 12-year-old girl from Tanjong Katong Primary School was killed in the Sabah earthquake.

The statement says:

“We are deeply saddened to inform that the Malaysian authorities have retrieved the body of a 12-year-old female, which has been verified by the next-of-kin as Wee Ying Ping Peony from Tanjong Katong Primary School.

“MOE and other government officials are in Kota Kinabalu, and will provide assistance and support to Peony’s family during this difficult period.”

A party of 29 students and eight teachers from the school  were on the learning trip to Mount Kinabalu when the 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck.

19 students and two teachers

One boy has been rescued and is receiving medical treatment.

Six pupils and two teachers from the school are still unaccounted for.

UPDATE:

MOE released this statement:

“The Malaysian authorities have recovered more bodies from Kota Kinabalu today. The identities of the bodies remain to be confirmed. Our team has been in Kota Kinabalu since early afternoon, and is working closely with the Malaysian authorities.

Our priority now is to provide support to the next-of-kin in this difficult time. We will not announce the names of the unaccounted students and teachers until the next-of-kin have identified their loved ones.”

(Source: TNP)

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