No fewer than 16 people have been reportedly killed after a landslide struck a campsite at a Malaysian farm, with rescuers scouring the muddy terrain for nearly 20 people still missing.
The director of the operations division at the fire and rescue department, Mr. Nor Hisham Mohammad told the newsmen that,16 victims have died. The search now is focused on the remaining 17.”
According to Nga Kor Ming, the local government development minister, 61 people so far have been found safe after the predawn landslide near the town of Batang Kali, just outside the capital Kuala Lumpur and near a mountain casino resort.
Mrs. Veronica Loi, who was camping at the site overnight and survived the landslide, said that her family was sleeping when they heard a sudden, loud sound. “We saw the tent beside us was totally gone,” she said.
Hundreds of government personnel, including police and rescuers, were seen at the gates leading to the campsite compound, while an excavator was seen entering the area from the main road.