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Thursday, December 8, 2022

Landslide in Ampang claimed 4 lives, with only 1 survivor

Social NewsLandslide in Ampang claimed 4 lives, with only 1 survivor

Yesterday (10 March), a landslide in the housing area at Taman Bukit Permai 2, Ampang had affected 15 homes and 10 vehicles.

According to NST, the residents in the area heard a loud bang that the 2 landslides cause following the heavy rain.

According to the Selangor Fire and Rescue Department director Norazam Khamis, they received a distress call at 5.54 pm and a fire engine with 9 personnel from the Pandan fire station was deployed to the scene.

The Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari also tweeted about the incident and that the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) was involved in the rescue efforts.

At 6.54 pm on the same day, Malay Mail reported the first victim that was rescued was an 84-year-old elderly man and he sustained only light injuries.

The second victim, who is believed to be his wife, was found dead at 7.53 pm when her body was pulled out at 9.15 pm.

In a video by Kosmo, it can be seen that the landslide is still active and this made the rescue operation more challenging.

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About an hour and a half after that, at 10.58 pm, the body of the third victim, a male resident, was extricated from the debris.

The rescue mission ended at 2.35 am, with the Ampang Jaya police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohamad Farouk Eshak confirming that the rescuers found the bodies of the last two victims, both males, at 12.46 am and 1.59 am respectively.

All of the victims have been brought to Ampang Hospital but have yet to be identified.

Meanwhile Norazam said they will continue using the K-9 Unit tracker dogs at the site of the landslide to ensure there are no other victims caught in the rubble.

In response to this disaster, Amirudin said RM10,000 would be given to the families of the 4 victims.

Nonetheless, this is not the first big landslides that claimed the lives of many in Malaysia. In 1993, the landslide caused by heavy rains at Highland Towers claimed 48 lives after the 12-storey building of Block 1 collapsed.

The residents of the other two blocks and neighbouring areas were evacuated for safety.

In 2008, the landslide that happened at the town of Bukit Antarabangsa in Selangor killed 4 and injured 15 people, at the same time destroying 14 houses.

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