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Published: Wednesday October 23, 2013 MYT 11:02:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday October 23, 2013 MYT 6:09:40 PM

Three killed in mud flood after water released from Cameron Highlands dam

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Three foreigners died when a mud flood occurred at Bertam Valley in Ringlet near here Wednesday.

Water gushed down to the houses constructed on the state drainage and irrigation land from the Sultan Abu Bakar dam at about 1.00am when water was released from the dam as it had reached the danger level.

Cameron Highland OCPD Wan Mohd Zahari Wan Busu said a 51-year-old local died on his way to the hospital in Tanah Rata after a heart attack due to the incident.

The foreign workers have been identified as Md Jahangir Alam, in his 30s from Bangladesh, Kesmat, 46 from Indonesia, and Jarwati, 17.

The man who suffered a heart attack is identified as Tam Tuck Choi.

A total of 38 people have been placed at the Ringlet community hall.

He said as a result of the water released some 3km from the dam, some 10 kongsi houses located at the banks Sungai Bertam were totally destroyed.

Some 80 houses were affected due to the incident and SJK (C) Bertam located there was also closed.

Some 100 vehicles were also damaged.

Tags / Keywords: Accident, Cameron Highlands, Flood gates

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