Tremors must stop before Sabah quake damage can be assessed

Tremors must stop before Sabah quake damage can be assessed
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KUNDASANG: The Sabah Parks is waiting for tremors to ease before carrying out an assessment of the damage on Mount Kinabalu which was hit by a 5.9-magnitude earthquake on June 5.

Sabah Parks senior park manager Maipol Spait said they hoped to send up teams to assess the damage in detail in a few days.

"The teams will scout for possible locations of new trails to replace those that were badly damaged in the earthquake," said Maipol who was among those who witnessed the monolob or ritual to appease the mountain spirits at Kinabalu Park yesterday.

He said among the damaged facilities on the mountain were the resthouses in Sayat Sayat, Panar Laban and Labah Rata.

The mountain trails that were damaged included the stretches between 1.5km and 1.8km, and 6.1km to 7km, he added.

The 6km trail from Mesilau to Layang Layang was also damaged, Maipol said.

He said a team comprising mountaineering experts would evaluate the proposed new trails.

Maipol, however, declined to say when the mountain would be reopened.

The monolob ritual was organised by the Mount Kinabalu Council of Elders comprising representatives of Bundu Tuhan and Kampung Kiau at the foothills of the mountain.

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