Malaysia Landslide Leaves 16 Dead, 17 Missing At Campground

BATANG KALI, Malaysia (AP) — A landslide Friday at a vacationer campground in Malaysia left 16 individuals lifeless and authorities stated 17 others have been feared buried on the website on an natural farm exterior 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 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Kuala Lumpur, when the incident occurred, stated district police chief Suffian Abdullah.

He stated the dying toll has risen to 16, together with a five-year-old boy. Seven individuals have been hospitalized with accidents and rescuers have been trying to find the estimated 17 lacking individuals, he stated. One other 53 individuals have been rescued with out hurt.

Suffian stated the victims had entered the realm, a well-liked leisure website for locals to pitch or hire tents from the farm, on Wednesday. Greater than 400 personnel, together with monitoring canine, have been concerned within the search and rescue efforts.

On this picture supplied by Civil Protection Division, Civil Protection personnel seek for lacking individuals after a landslide hit a campsite in Batang Kali, Malaysia on Friday. A landslide hit the campsite exterior Kuala Lumpur early Friday, Malaysia’s fireplace division stated.

Malaysia Civil Protection by way of AP

The Selangor fireplace 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 peak of 30 meters (98 toes) and coated an space of about three acres (1.2 hectare). It posted pictures of rescuers with flashlights digging by means of soil and rubble within the early hours of the morning.

Some households with younger kids 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 Instances 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 informed the newspaper. He stated it was stunning as a result of there was no heavy rain in current days, solely gentle drizzles.

The campsite is situated on an natural farm not removed from the Genting Highlands hill resort, a well-liked vacationer vacation spot with theme parks and Malaysia’s solely on line casino. Entry to roads resulting in the realm have been blocked.