A landslide occurred near Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. 21 people died in it. So far 14 people are missing. The incident took place at an organic farm with camping facilities on the side of a road in the country’s Selangor state around 3 a.m. local time on Friday. Everyone was sleeping at that time. Efforts are underway to remove the uprooted trees and mud and bring out the survivors.
At least 30 children and 51 adults were among those registered to stay at the camp overnight, the farm manager said.
The disaster occurred near Genting Highlands, a scenic hilly area in Batang Kali district, 50 kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur. Genting Highlands, a haven of natural beauty, is a popular tourist destination.
Batang Kali district police chief Sufian Abdullah said the victims were all Malaysians, including a five-year-old child.
Malaysian authorities said that 14 people are still missing in this incident. The country’s fire department said at least four children were among the dead.
Director of Fire Department, Norajam Khamis, said that a landslide from a hill slope of approximately 30 meters high of the campsite has buried an area of about one acre.
Eyewitness Teh Lin Juan (22) said he was in the camp with 40 others when the landslide occurred. He said that one of his brothers is dead and another is in the hospital.
The country’s health minister Jaliha Mustafa told a press conference that a pregnant woman is among those admitted to the hospital. – Reuters