SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Education (MOE) confirmed today (June 7) that the bodies of five Singapore pupils and a teacher from Tanjong Katong Primary School have been identified.
The five pupils are Ameer Ryyan bin Mohd Adeed Sanjay, Emilie Giovanna Ramu, Matahom Karyl Mitzi Higuit, Rachel Ho Yann Shiuan, and Sonia Jhala. The teacher is Mr Loo Jian Liang Terrence Sebastian.
They were part of a school group on a field trip to Kota Kinabalu when an earthquake struck Sabah on Friday (June 5).
The body of Singaporean guide Muhammad Daanish bin Amran, who acompanied the pupils on the trip, has also been identified, MOE said in a statement.
The ministry also said that operations are continuing to locate a remaining pupil, Navdeep Singh Jaryal s/o Raj Kumar, and teacher Mohammad Ghazi Bin Mohamed.
However, according to Malaysia's The Star, a list of 19 victims was posted in the search and rescue operations room at the disaster site on Sunday. That list included the names of Navdeep Singh Jayral and Mr Mohammad Ghazi.
MOE said that Singapore Government officials are in Kota Kinabalu, and are providing assistance and support to the families of the quake victims. Arrangements are being made for the families and the bodies of the dead to be flown back to Singapore as soon as possible.