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Landslide: three injured, four victims still buried identified

Last Update: 20/10/2018

GEORGE TOWN, Oct 20 ( Bernama) -- A pregnant Indonesian woman is among three victims who were injured in a landslide today at a construction site of the paired road at Jalan Bukit Kukus in Paya Terubong near here yesterday, said Timur Laut district police chief ACP Che Zaimani Che Awang.

He said those injured in the 1.56 pm landslide comprised two Indonesian women, identified as Wakrini, 36, and Norazizah, 24, and a Bangladeshi man, identified as Shamim, 24.

Wakrini, who is pregnant, is being treated at the Penang Hospital, while Norazizah, who suffered swelling of her leg, and Shamim, who broke his right leg, were also treated at the same hospital.

As at 1 am today, at least 10 people are still feared buried, two bodies have been recovered and three people injured. All of them are believed foreign workers who were working at the construction site of the Bukit Kukus paired road.

Che Zaimani said the identity of four out of 10 victims feared buried had been ascertained based on information provided by the family members and friends.

The four victims reported missing are two Indonesian men identified as Bakhtiar and Subairi; a Bangladeshi man Mithu Hossain, 30 and a Myanmar woman Khin Aye Khain, 33," he said here.

The two bodies found were an Indonesian man Samsul, 19, and a Bangladeshi man, Attrul, 35.

Che Zaimani said nine containers occupied by foreign workers here were involved in the landslide.

“Initial investigation also found the cause of the incident was heavy rain which caused the hilly areas to collapse and slide down bringing the containers and workers’quarters to be buried together,” he said.

He said the search and rescue operation would go on until all victims feared buried in the incident were found.    



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