GEORGE TOWN: Fourteen workers were at the Tanjung Bungah construction site when thousands of tons of laterite earth slid down from a cut slope about 10m high on Saturday (Oct 21).
Penang Island City Council mayor Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif confirmed the number of those feared buried at 11.45am in the first official statement from the local authority on the disaster.
She said the bodies of two dead were recovered from the scene, the first at 9.55am and second at 10.43am.
“We don’t know what caused the landslide yet. But it cannot be due to wet weather. It has not been raining for days on the island,” she told reporters.
MBPP issued a stop-work order on the construction site until the search and rescue is completed.