Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

3 killed, 10 feared dead in Malaysia landslide

Firemen and workers at the construction site help with the rescue mission. Pic by DANIAL SAAD Firemen and workers at the construction site help with the rescue mission. Pic by DANIAL SAAD
Sammy Stanley | 21 October, 2017, 14:52

Representational image of rescue workers use heavy machinery to search for landslide victims at Caok village in Purworejo, Central Java province, Indonesia.

Firemen and workers at the construction site help with the rescue mission.

"The bodies of two Indonesians were found at 10:00am", Bernama, Malaysia's national news agency, quoted Penang Fire and Rescue Department director Saadon Moktar as saying.

The Penang government will hold a full state inquiry into the causes of the accident which led to a massive landslide at a building area in Tanjung Bungah, which claimed three lives. "There was hardly time to do anything".

Vell Paari said the statement from the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) added salt to the wound when the council said they did not know what had caused the landslide, "only that it can't be due to wet weather as it has not rained on the island for days". But it can not be due to wet weather.

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The Star Online said firemen and Civil Defence personnel were seen scaling the mounds of soil looking for those believed to be buried below.

"We have issued a stop-work order, pending investigations", she said in a WhatsApp message to FMT. "I think he might be no more", he said when met at the scene.

Officials said three foreign workers have been killed and 11 others are missing until now.

So far, three bodies have been found but their identities have yet to be confirmed.

The sheer face of the hill at a construction site near collapsed at about 8.30am Saturday morning. The side of the hill that slid down was estimated to be 10m high.

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