LANDSLIDE IN NORTH MALAYSIA’S PENANG ISLAND: SEARCH OPERATIONS CONTINUE

GEORGE TOWN, Penang, Malaysia, The search-and-rescue (SAR) operations, for the victims in the landslide in Jalan Bukit Kukus, Paya Terubong, near here, resumed today. Head of the Fire and Rescue Operations Branch of the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM), Morni Mamat, said, the second day of the SAR began at 8.00 a.m. (local time).

He said, the SAR operations were now focused on body recovery and the department did not expect any survivors, due to the depth of the landslide.

We are continuing the SAR operations today, which are divided into three sectors located about 50 metres from the landslide, based on where the three bodies were found. We hope that with good weather, the remaining victims will be found as quickly as possible.

As of 1.30 a.m. we have recovered four victims, three of whom have died while another injured, he told reporters at the location here today. Morni said the SAR operations ended at 4.45 a.m. today due to heavy rain.

He said, the firemen faced some difficulty locating the remaining victims, as the soil was soft and could be dangerous for search efforts.

However, with the help of tracking devices, brought by the SMART team and K9 sniffer dogs, we hope to locate the remaining victims, who are still trapped (in the landslide), he said.

He said 143 rescuers from various departments and agencies were involved in the SAR operations.

Meanwhile, Timur Laut District Police Chief, ACP Che Zaimani Che Awang said, so far, there were nine victims with three dead, three injured and three more still trapped in the landslide. He said, the three victims still trapped were two Indonesian men and one Bangladeshi national.

Che Zaimani said, in the incident on Friday, most of the workers had gone for Friday prayers and many did not return to the location, when they found out about the incident. So we are waiting for their friends and relatives to call us or come here to tell us about any missing relatives, he said.

Che Zaimani said, the rescuers would search the location for more victims, who may still be buried in the landslide.– NNN-BERNAMA

Source: NAM News Network

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