Army troops ready to be deployed in rescue efforts

Army troops ready to be deployed in rescue efforts

PETALING JAYA - Two Army battalions are already on standby and ready to be deployed in rescue and relief efforts following the Sabah earthquake.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the Army had a battalion each in Kota Kinabalu and Labuan and troops on the ground.

"Another EC725 Eurocopter is also on standby in Kota Kinabalu.

"We will deploy it too once we get the initial information on the actual situation from the first helicopter, which was sent to Mount Kinabalu and Ranau," he tweeted on Friday.

"I hope we will pray together for the safety of the people in Sabah," he added.

Hishammuddin said a C-130 Hercules plane has also been mobilised, travelling to Kota Kinabalu from Subang.

"The plane will bring Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (SMART) members.

"They are ready to assist in rescue and relief efforts as well," he said.

Earlier, Hishammuddin announced that the first EC725 helicopter was dispatched to Mount Kinabalu at 12.30pm, bringing food and drinks for the stranded hikers.

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