Published: Sun, October 22, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Landslide in Malaysia kills 3, 11 others remain under rubble

Landslide in Malaysia kills 3, 11 others remain under rubble

According to local reports, the incident took place at a construction site at Tanjung Bungah around 8.30am local time (4:30am BST).

Northeast district police chief Anuar Omar, in a statement, said preliminary information suggested that some 20 people had been buried alive.

Penang city Mayor Maimunah Mohamad Sharif said the cause of the landslide wasn't clear.

Meanwhile, the body of a third victim in the Tanjung Bungah landslide has also been recovered, reported The Star.

Reports say rescue operations are now underway with the Penang fire and rescue department revealing in a statement that two people so far have been pulled from the landslide, which occurred at a building construction site.

Security forces conduct a rescue operation at a construction site after a landslide in Penang, Malaysia, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. The Fire and Rescue Department is still working to extricate the trapped construction workers.

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"We were told there were at least 15 people trapped inside", he added.

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

"I was operating the crane when suddenly the earth caved in".

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

The rescue service officers are now scouring the territory of 160,000 square feet, searching for other victims, the news outlet said.

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