AirAsia is delivering relief items to Malaysia following a fatal earthquake in Sabah.

A total of 16 people are confirmed dead after the magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Mount Kinabalu at 7.15am local time on Friday.

The mountain is one of South East Asia’s highest peaks and a popular trekking destination. The BBC reported that nationals on the mountain at the time the quake struck were from the UK, China, the United States, the Philippines, Thailand, Turkey and Japan.

AirAsia is collaborating with the Malaysia Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association (MVFRA) to transport relief items to Kota Kinabalu as rescue efforts continue.

The first batch of items – 350 jackets – left Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 last night and more items, such as blankets, will be delivered in the next few days.

Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, executive chairman of AirAsia Berhad, said: “We are truly saddened by the tragic incident taking place in our homeland.

“Our heartfelt sympathy and condolence goes to the families affected by the earthquake in Kota Kinabalu.

“We have also been in touch with the rescue agencies, offering our assistance to carry volunteers or relief items as required.”