Last week on June 5th, an earthquake struck Sabah some Singaporean students and teachers (who were on an overseas learning journey) were making a hike on Mount Kinabalu starting on the Via Ferrata – Walk the Torq Route when it struck. The quake sent rocks and boulders down from the mountain top. The route which the Tanjong Katong Primary School students and teachers took is deemed suitable for those aged 10 and above. Since then, it’s been confirmed that six children (aged 12 to 13 years) and an adult from the school are dead. Today, June 8, Singapore observes a Day of National Remembrance for the eight Singaporeans (seven from TKPS and a guide) who lost their lives and the other two that are still missing from the quake. Flags on all government buildings will be flown at half-mast around the island.
It’s a sad time for all of us Singaporeans, and there’s no greater grief than losing a young life. Through this trying period, let us all keep our prayers for all the families who have lost their loved ones and come together to remember all the people who perished in the quake, and the promise of their lives.
Photo by Nurliyana A.R.