KOTA KINABALU - All remains of the 18 victims killed in the Sabah earthquake have been recovered, says Sabah Fire and Rescue Department director Nordin Pauzi.
"We believe all the bodies are accounted for and will wait for the confirmation from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Tuesday," he told The Star.
"If the hospital confirms they have received all the bodies, then we will stop all operations on the mountain," he said.
Nordin said that they were to do a final sweep of the area Monday, but was prevented by weather conditions.
Hospital authorities are still conducting post-mortems on the remains and families have arrived to identify their loved ones.
Of the six Malaysian victims, five have been identified as Robbie Sappingi, 30; Joseph Solungin, 33; Tom Ricky Raymond Masarin, 28; Valerian Joannes, 28, and Lim Choon Seong, 45.
The sixth Malaysian is believed to be Muhammad Logman Abd Karim, 22, from Malacca.
The Singaporeans identified included six Tanjong Katong Primary School (TKPS) pupils, namely Peony Wee Ying Ping, Ameer Ryyan Mohd Adeed Sanjay, Emilie Giovanna Ramu, Rachel Ho Yann Shiuan and Sonia Jhala, their teacher Sebastian Terence Loo and guide, Muhammad Daanish Amran.
Filipino student Matahom Karyl Mitzi Higuit, 12, was among the group of students from Singapore.
The remains of another pupil Navdeep Singh Jaryal Raj Kumar and teacher Mohammad Ghazi Bin Mohamed have yet to be identified.
Two victims yet to be identified by their families are from Japan and China.
Both the Japanese and Chinese consulates in Sabah have been trying to locate the two families of their citizens.