Tragedy At Cameron Highlands Landslide

It was reported that one man died while four others are feared to have been buried alive following a landslide early today at Batu 54, Blue Valley, Cameron Highlands.

Pahang Fire and Rescue Department assistant director (operations) Ismail Abdul Ghani said the department received a distress call at 2.51am and that the search and rescue operation is still ongoing.

“Based on preliminary information, there are three adult men and one adult woman still buried in the landslide. However, their identities have yet to be ascertained,” he said in a statement.

Ismail said the nine firemen who were initially rushed to the location had to walk about three kilometres to get to the landslide location.

The landslide prone area has been noted for its list of tragedies in the past, with the most significant last year that took place in nearby Batang Kali. Heavy downpour for the past week could be identified as the main cause, however there has also been criticism of over development in the area.

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