Cameron Highlands landslide: Body of second victim found

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: The body of the second landslide victim has been discovered at the vegetable farm at Blue Valley here.

Cameron Highlands OCPD Deputy Supt Azri Ramli said the body was found at 12.05pm and it was that of a male victim.

He said there were five people living in the two houses hit by the landslide: four men and one woman.

The first body was found at 5.40am. All five victims were Myanmar nationals.

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He said the second body was located about 10m from the houses.

“Heavy machinery is unable to get into the site, as some small landslides are still occurring.

“Clearing works are being conducted to ensure that the machinery can be brought to the site,” he told a press conference at the site's base Friday (Jan 26).

Supt Azri added that the continuous rain was not helping rescue efforts.

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He said this was the first time a landslide involving deaths had occurred at the site.

“At the moment, 120 personnel from various agencies are involved in the rescue mission,” he added.

Pahang Fire and Rescue Department deputy director (operations) Ismail Abdul Ghani had earlier said that the department received a distress call at 2.51am about a landslide at Batu 59, Blue Valley.

During the press conference, Ismail said the landslide occurred 80m up the slope of the hill.

“The soil buried the house to a depth of 2m,” he added.

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