18 Killed And Dozens Missing In Landslide At Alleged Illegal Campsite In Malaysia
Malaysia Landslide: Landslide in Malaysia killed 18 people and dozens are said to be missing. This incident of natural disaster happened on Friday (December 16) at 3 am in a part of Selangor state bordering the capital Kuala Lumpur. Agency Reuters has informed the officials that the landslide occurred at a campsite (tent pitch) being operated illegally.
According to the officials, a part of the hill fell on the same farm which was running the campsite. License was not taken to operate the campsite. People including women and children were sleeping in the tents. Landslide generated debris and fallen trees were removed and investigated to remove the living and buried people. After this, the number of people who were victims of the disaster was told. According to the report, the fire and rescue department said that three children and 10 women were among those who lost their lives in the disaster.
Landslide happened right here
The disaster occurred in the popular mountainous region of Genting Highlands, about 50 km north of Kuala Lumpur in Batang Kali. This area is known for its natural beauty with beautiful waterfalls and resorts.
According to the fire and rescue department, a landslide occurred at a height of about 30 meters on the hill and its debris was scattered over an area of about one acre. Malaysia’s Minister of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change, Nik Najmi Nik Ahmed, told that preliminary investigation showed that about 4,50,000 cubic meters of soil collapsed.
Disaster management and police gave this information
It has been told in the report that according to Malaysia’s National Disaster Management Agency, 94 people were trapped in the landslide but 61 came out safely and 15 people are missing. Health Minister Jaliha Mustafa said that eight people were admitted to the hospital, including a pregnant woman, while others suffered minor injuries.
District police chief Sufiyan Abdullah said that all the dead were Malaysians, including a five-year-old child. He told that about 400 personnel were engaged in the rescue operation.
The female tourist who lost her brother in the disaster told her story
Lin Xuan, a 22-year-old female tourist, told the media that she lost one of her brothers forever in the disaster and the other is undergoing treatment in the hospital. “I heard a loud rumble but there were rocks falling,” Juan said.
The female tourist said, “Mud was falling around us, we thought the tent was falling, my mother and I were able to crawl out and save ourselves.”
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