Batang Kali landslide: Camp register shows 94 names, more possibly involved, says Saifuddin

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  • Friday, 16 Dec 2022

HULU SELANGOR: The authorities are still ascertaining the exact number of victims in the landslide at Father's Organic Farm in Batang Kali but the it remains at 94 for now, says Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (pic).

The Home Minister said the campsite operator registered all its customers and authorities were able to confirm the names of 94 victims.

"However, there is a possibility a family might register the husband and the wife but not their child.

"We should not speculate and trust the authorities to determine the exact number of victims. We hope the number remains the same," he told reporters after visiting the site command centre on Friday (Dec 16).

As of 11.30am, Saifuddin said authorities are focusing on rescuing the 23 victims still trapped in the campsite.

"So far, we received information that 23 victims are still trapped, 11 victims have died while the remaining have been rescued," he said.

A total of 363 personnel from 15 agencies are involved in the search and rescue (SAR) operation, he said.

"The landslide affected three areas, which are the River Hilltop, Farmview and Riverside campsites.

"We received information that two campsites are totally covered by the landslide," he said.

The SAR operation includes six tracking dogs, he said.

"I was also informed that the Inspector-General of Police has instructed for additional manpower from the General Operations Force (GOF) to assist the SAR operation," he said.

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