February 4, 2023

Filipino Guardian

Sentinels of Filipino Free Press

Malaysia landslide death toll rises to 25

People inspect the damage after a landslide in Batang Kali, Selangor December 16, 2022. — Nearly 20 people, including four children, were killed when a landslide hit a campsite at a Malaysian farm on Friday, officials said, while rescuers cleared the mud scoured terrain for those still missing. (Photo by Arif Kartono / AFP)

Eight people are still missing after a landslide struck the site at an organic farm near the town of Batang Kali in Selangor state, north of the capital Kuala Lumpur, at dawn on Friday on Friday.

Around 680 employees from various departments led by the fire brigade and the police are involved in the rescue measures.

The remains of a young girl were recovered Tuesday night, officials said.

Local police chief Suffian Abdullah said the girl was between the ages of six and 10 and was found five meters underground.

“When the victim was found, he was wearing pink trousers and a shirt and nightwear,” he told a news conference on Wednesday.

This increases the death toll from the landslide to 25, including eight children.

Officials said more than 90 people were at the campsite near a mountain casino resort when the landslide struck, most of them asleep. More than 60 campers were safely found or rescued.

The farm did not have a license to operate a campground and its operators will be fined if they are found to have broken the law, authorities said.

Landslides are common in Malaysia after heavy rainfall, which occurs regularly at the end of the year.

However, no heavy rains were recorded in the region on the night of the disaster.

In March, four people died in a Kuala Lumpur suburb after a massive landslide triggered by torrential rain buried their homes.

In one of the deadliest such incidents, a huge mudslide caused by heavy rain in 1993 caused a 12-story apartment building outside the capital to collapse, killing 48 people.