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Up to 20 people buried in landslide at Penang construction site

Up to 20 people buried in landslide at Penang construction site”

At least 20 people are believed to be buried alive in a landslide in Penang, Malaysia on Saturday (21 October).

Thousands of tonnes of laterite earth slid down from a cut slope about 10m high at Lengkok Lembah Permai in Tanjung Bungah.

"When we arrived at the scene at about 9.10am, we found that the construction site at the hill slope had been hit by a landslide".

Penang Island City Council (MBPP) mayor Datuk Maimunah Shariff said further investigations will be carried out to determine the exact cause of the landslide.

Penang Fire and Rescue Department director Saadon Mokhtar said a third victim was recovered at 1.15pm Saturday. But it can not be due to wet weather.

All the victims in the incident are said to be construction workers.

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According to Jalan Perak Fire and Rescue Department chief, Ismail Mohd Zain, rescue efforts are now being carried out.

There have been conflicting reports on the number of people feared trapped.

Nonetheless, Tanjung Bungah Residents Association chairman Meenakshi Raman urged authorities to view into the incident seriously.

MBPP has issued a stop work order on the construction site until the search and rescue mission is completed.

The New Straits Times (NST) quoted a foreign worker as saying the incident happened very quickly.



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