Malaysia landslide death toll rises to 23, 10 missing

Rescue teams searching for missing campers trapped in a landslide at an unlicensed campsite in Malaysia on Friday have recovered the bodies of a woman and a boy, taking the death toll to 23.

The landslide in Batang Kali, a popular hilly area about 30 miles north of Kuala Lumpur, tore through the campsite while people slept in their tents, killing victims including six children.

Of the 94 people trapped in the slide, 61 were safe and 10 are still missing, according to the Selangor State Fire and Rescue Service.

Search and rescue operations continued for a second day on Saturday after being halted overnight due to heavy rains that complicated the operation, state fire and rescue chief Norazam Khamis said.

“We have to be careful because there is a strong flow of water from above and in the bottom. It makes searches difficult because the ground is soft,” he said.

94 people are said to have been in the landslide with 61 survivors.
94 people are said to have been in the landslide with 61 survivors.
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A total of 135 responders, with the support of excavators and seven canines, resumed scouring through thick mud and fallen trees around 8.30am, according to Norazam.

Norazam told reporters that the chances of more missing people surviving the lack of oxygen and the weight of the mud were slim.

An initial investigation found that a dam of about 588,578 cubic meters of earth had collapsed. The earth fell from an estimated height of 100 feet and covered an area of ​​about an acre.

The Malaysia National Disaster Management Agency said it has identified six victims. The youngest was a 9 year old boy.

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim told reporters late Friday the government would provide $2,260 in aid to the families of everyone killed in the tragedy, while survivors would receive $226 per household.

The landslide swept through a campsite 30 miles from the Malaysian capital early Friday morning.
The landslide swept through a campsite 30 miles from the Malaysian capital early Friday morning.
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Several states’ forest agencies ordered the closure of campgrounds, hiking and off-road trails that were classified as high risk after the disaster.

Landslides are common in Malaysia, but usually only after heavy rains. Flooding is common, with torrential rains displacing about 21,000 people in seven states last year.

https://nypost.com/2022/12/17/malaysia-landslide-death-toll-increases-to-23-10-missing/ Malaysia landslide death toll rises to 23, 10 missing

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