Search for Penang landslide victims halted with 11 still missing

Aaron Brown
October 22, 2017

Four foreign workers were killed and 10 others are missing after a landslide at a construction site in George Town, capital of the northwest Malaysian state of Penang, authorities said.

Fourteen people were believed to be buried in the landslide at 8.57am today.

At least 15 people are feared trapped after a landslide struck a construction site at Lengkok Lembah Permai, Tanjung Bungah here this morning.

As soon as the Bangladeshi victims are identified, the High Commission will make an arrangement to send the bodies home and then will try to realise compensation, Sayedul said.

The incident was reported to have involved 14 victims comprising one local, as well as several Indonesian, Rohingya and Bangladeshi workers.

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A foreign worker told the New Straits Times that the landslide happened in a flash.

The Fire and Rescue Department that is heading the search-and-rescue said the operation was halted at 8pm, and will only resume at 8am tomorrow.

Penang Island City Council mayor Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif has confirmed the discovery of two bodies. "It has not been raining for days on the island", she told reporters.

Putrajaya Fire and Rescue Department's assistant director-general (Operations) Erwin Galan Teruki said in a later update that so far, the K9 team had "detected something" in two locations at the landslide area.

The police raided a warehouse at Klang, a town of Selangor state, and conducted a check on 150 foreigners working at the warehouse that belonged to a major supermarket chain of the country.

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