Landslide at Malaysia campground leaves 16 lifeless, 17 lacking
BATANG KALI, Malaysia — A landslide Friday at a vacationer campground in Malaysia left 16 folks lifeless and authorities stated 17 others have been feared buried on the web site on an natural farm outdoors the capital of Kuala Lumpur.
An estimated 94 Malaysians have been believed to have been on the campsite in Batang Kali in central Selangor state, round 31 miles north of Kuala Lumpur, when the incident occurred, stated district police chief Suffian Abdullah.
He stated the demise toll has risen to 16, together with a five-year-old boy. Seven folks have been hospitalized with accidents and rescuers have been looking for the estimated 17 lacking folks, he stated. Another 53 folks have been rescued with out hurt.
Suffian stated the victims had entered the realm, a preferred leisure web site for locals to pitch or hire tents from the farm, on Wednesday. More than 400 personnel, together with monitoring canine, have been concerned within the search and rescue efforts.
The Selangor hearth division stated firefighters started arriving on the scene half an hour after receiving a misery name at 2:24 a.m. The landslide fell from the facet of a highway from an estimated top of 98 toes and coated an space of about three acres. It posted photographs of rescuers with flashlights digging by way of soil and rubble within the early hours of the morning.
Some households with younger youngsters who have been rescued took refuge at a close-by police station. Survivors reportedly stated they heard a loud thundering noise earlier than the soil got here crashing down.
Leong Jim Meng, 57, was quoted by the New Straits Times English-language each day saying he and his household have been woke up by a loud bang “that sounded like an explosion” and felt the earth transfer.
“My family and I were trapped as soil covered our tent. We managed to escape to a carpark area and heard a second landslide happening,” he told the newspaper. He said it was surprising because there was no heavy rain in recent days, only light drizzles.
The campsite is located on an organic farm not far from the Genting Highlands hill resort, a popular tourist destination with theme parks and Malaysia’s only casino. Access to roads leading to the area have been blocked.
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