20 people feared trapped after landslide at a construction site in Penang

22 October, 2017, 00:22 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • 20 people feared trapped after landslide at a construction site in Penang

At least 20 people are feared to be trapped after a landslide struck a construction site in Tanjung Bungah in the Malaysian state of Penang on Saturday morning.

Another Bangladeshi Mohd Awal Jafra Alma, 21, said a friend alerted him that his younger brother Abdul Rahman, 18, was buried in landslide.

The embassy's Information, Social and Cultural Coordinator, Agus Badrul Jamal said two Indonesians had been identified as among the 14 victims involved in the landslide.

The Penang government should be fully responsibe for the landslide in Tanjung Bungah which buried 14 workers, three of whom have died, Tanjung Bungah assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu said.

Penang Island City Council mayor Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif has confirmed the discovery of two bodies.

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Tanjung Bungah, north of Penang's capital George Town, is home to beaches and some hotels, and is popular with expatriate residents.

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.

Firemen, Civil Defence personnel, several ambulances and the police have arrived at the scene and have begun to search for the other buried victims.

The Immigration Department has so far deported 42,985 illegal foreigners this year, Mustafa said, urging the public not to harbour any undocumented foreigners.

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