Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Man missing after rockfall at Simpang Pulai quarry, rescue works ongoing

NewsMan missing after rockfall at Simpang Pulai quarry, rescue works ongoing

Yesterday (8 March), a man was reported missing after a rockfall incident at a quarry in Keramat Pulai, Simpang Pulai.

In a statement, the Perak Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) said they received a distress call at about 9.40 am and a team from the Simpang Pulai JBPM was deployed to the scene.

“Upon arrival, firemen were informed that there were four victims involved in the incident.”

“Initial information said that two victims managed to escape, one man suffered severe injuries while another was still missing,” he said, adding that they fear the man was trapped under a rubble of limestone following the rockslide incident.

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The search and rescue mission will be assisted by the Special Tactical Operation and Rescue Malaysia (Storm), apart from the 18 firemen, 13 police officers, Mineral and Geoscience Department officers and the Kinta District and Land Office that are involved in this operation.

According to a report by NST, the police said it will take 1 or 2 days for the rescuers to reach the two victims trapped under the debris of limestone quarry landslide.

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Perak police chief Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the success of the search and rescue (SAR) operation depended largely on the weather and soil structure too.

“There is still soil movement detected at the landslide area. The State Mineral and Geoscience Department (JMG) is conducting a study to determine whether we can start our SAR operation today.”

“The Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (Smart) will also assist us to monitor the soil movement.”

“We do not want our rescue team to get injured during the operation. We need to wait for clearance from JMG and Smart before we can retrieve the victims,” he said.

He also explained that the quarrying activities are carried out by a company that has a valid licence. “The company has been given the green light to run quarry activities and there is no blasting scheduled today. We are also identifying the actual cause of the landslide,” he added.

The trapped victims were identified as Itam Bah Lasoh, 43, and Kheow Loo Siew Soon, 49.

Meanwhile, the injured victims have been identified as Pan Tam, 38; and Mohd Razli Suhaimi, 35 who suffered a broken leg.

They were rushed to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital (HRPB) here for further treatment.

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