IPOH: A pregnant woman and her one-year-old son were killed during a landslide in Cameron Highlands on Tuesday.
M. Nitiahwaty, 24, who was eight months pregnant, and R. Rubeniswaran were buried alive in the landslide, which occurred at a hill behind their house at KM46 Jalan Brinchang-Tringkap at about 5.30am, said Cameron Highlands police chief DSP Wan Zahari Wan Busu.
Nitiahwaty's husband, V. Raja, 41, was rescued by fire and rescue personnel, he said, adding that Raja was buried up to the chest and had fractured his left leg.
The bodies of Nitiahwaty and Rubeniswaran were sent to the Sultanah Hajah Kalsom Hospital in Tanah Rata, he said.
DSP Wan Zahari said the family had tried to escape the landslide by trying to flee through a motor workshop in front of their house but the door of the workshop was locked.
"Raja works at the workshop and the family lived in a house made of wood and plastic behind the workshop.
"They tried to save themselves by running out through the workshop but its door was locked and they were hit by the debris from the landslide," he said.
Cameron Highlands Fire and Rescue chief Yusry Abdullah Sani said Raja was rescued at 7.15am.Rubeniswaran was removed from the debris at about 8am and Nitiahwaty, about 30 minutes later. - Bernama