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Massive landslide hits Batang Kali – Genting, search and rescue mission still ongoing

NewsMassive landslide hits Batang Kali - Genting, search and rescue mission still...

A massive landslide hit a campsite with about 100 people at Father’s Organic Farm in Batang Kali during the wee hours of Friday (16 December).

According to reports, Selangor Fire and Rescue Department director Datuk Norazam Khamis said the department received an emergency call at 2.24 am and immediately dispatched a rescue team to the scene.

Norazam said the 30m landslide roughly the size of three acres occurred by the side of the road near Father’s Organic Farm.

Meanwhile, Gohtong Jaya-Batang Kali road is now closed to all vehicles and only open to search-and-rescue teams.

As of 11 am, Health Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa reported that 13 people have died at the campsite, and some of the bodies have been sent to Sg Buloh Hospital, while the rest are still at the incident site. 

The police said that a total of 94 victims were involved, of which 25 are missing. The search-and-rescue operations efforts are still ongoing.

Prime Minister Anwar responds to the crisis

Responding to the crisis, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim urged Malaysians to pray for the success of the search and rescue (SAR) mission in Batang Kali.

In a statement, he said he had been briefed on the mission by Local Government Development Minister Nga Kor Ming, Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad and Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari.

“I have ordered the search and rescue mission at Father’s Organic Farm in Jalan Genting-Batang Kali be carried out meticulously and systematically.”

“I was also informed that the ministers involved will be going down to the location this morning.”

“However, I advise them not to interfere with search and rescue work,” he said, adding that he himself would be visiting the site tonight.

Stay tuned for more updates.

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