ONE year has actually passed however the catastrophe of the Mount Kinabalu earthquake is still engraved in the memories of the influenced residents, survivors, households of the victims, the malimgunung (mountain guides), Sabahans and all Malaysians.
The survivors keep in mind that day like it was yesterday. On 5 June in 2014, Mount Kinabalu and the surrounding districts were jolted by a series of earthquakes, with the very first measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale.
A total of 18 climbers were eliminated, including 4 mountain guides. Although life is gradually going back to normal, the scars of the misfortune will never fade, just like the tsunami which took place 12 years ago.
The families and the enjoyed ones of the victims are still pertaining to terms with the misfortune.
The mountain guides were the genuine heroes who put their own lives at risk and four of them died while protecting climbers during the earthquake. They were among the very first who were killed.
The guides, who understand the area well, had actually carried out the main rescue work by cutting out short-lived tracks through the devastated mountain landscape to bring climbers down the mountain.
When the earthquake struck, other guides and park rangers raced up the mountain from listed below to supply assistance.
The supreme sacrifices and selfless acts of these unsung heroes need to be forever remembered and their roles and contributions must be recognized and appreciated. For the guides who passed away in the earthquake-- Valerian Joannes, Ricky Masirin, Robbie Sapinggi and Joseph Solungin they will constantly remain in our hearts.The misfortune brought out the very best in people and positive human values were shown.
The incident has actually shown that Malaysia can no longer be considered as free from natural catastrophes. The earthquake was evidence that the country needs to develop a Centre that pools domestic and foreign expertise to provide emergency situation response plans for any catastrophe.This ought to be a top priority for Sabah, which is prone to such natural catastrophe.
We need to have a reliable catastrophe management procedure that can prepare an early caution system in addition to mobilize fast and efficient disaster relief efforts.
While we might not be able to prevent such catastrophes, we can however reduce the suffering and damage. We cannot manage to take the matter lightly and the Government ought to want to purchase reducing damage and death due to natural disasters.
Malaysia likewise requires a medium to long-lasting plan for natural disaster management that includes ecological preparation, building design standards, evacuation Standard Operating Procedures and efficient relief procedures. We can learn from experiences of other nations and cities such as Japan and San Francisco.
The instructional programs on catastrophe preparedness conducted by specialists from the Fire and Rescue Department and Universiti Malaysia Sabah need to be enhanced so that a culture of preparedness can be built.
Besides safety education, we should likewise carry out all types of safety drills, whether for earthquakes or other emergencies.Climbers, divers and travelers pertaining to Malaysia need to be guaranteed that should any untoward incident occur, the nation has a well-trained search-and-rescue team and efficient catastrophe management Centre.Despite their familiarity of the mountain surface and survival skills, the local guides need to have formal safety training.
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is developing a special occupational safety and health (OSH) training module, targeted at mountain guides and other high-risk workers in the tourist sector. This would make it possible for those involved in marine, forest and river activities, to recognize dangers, be more prepared and respond much better in case of emergency.
Excellent interaction is necessary for mountain guides and in this case, walkie-talkies need to be offered them when they bring climbers up on Mount Kinabalu.
These mountain guides need to likewise be given better advantages such as improved allowances and they should have insurance.I strongly believe that the damage and loss can be suppressed by the safety steps we take previously, throughout, and after a natural catastrophe.