Three Dead, Search on for Others After Landslide at Malaysia Construction Site

Firemen and workers at the construction site help with the rescue mission. Pic by DANIAL SAAD

Firemen and workers at the construction site help with the rescue mission. Pic by DANIAL SAAD

Penang fire and rescue department director Saadon Mokhtar said most of those trapped at the construction site, where two 49-storey condominium towers are being built, were believed to be foreign workers from Indonesia and Bangladesh, including Rohingyas. "There was hardly time to do anything", he added. Pic by DANIAL SAAD.

The bodies of two Indonesians and a Myanmar national have been found so far, while the fate of the rest looks increasingly bleak.

The cause of the landslide is not immediately known, but the island has experienced repeated flash floods in recent months. But it can not be due to wet weather.

It is learnt that a team from the Malaysian Special Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (Smart), have been deployed to Penang to assist the in the search.

Bangladeshi national Mohd Bulumulah Mohd Atelmullah, 47, was seen seated on a pathway in tears anxious about his nephew Nuralla Altapussh, 35, who is believed to be buried in the landslide.

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The landslide occurred at about 8.30am today.

They added assistance will be provided to the family, while expressing condolences to the victims who have died.

Mohammad Jashim Husseif Ahmad, 27, said there were about 20 people at the scene.

The Fire and Rescue Department put the figure at between 15 to 20 people.

"We found out between 15 to 20 victims may be buried in the land slope estimated to be 10 metres and we have started search and rescue efforts", he said.

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