Landslide in Malaysia Campsite Leaves Eight Dead, Many Missing

Over 50 people were rescued, and search teams combed thick mud and downed trees in Malaysia early on Friday in search of dozens still missing after a landslide swept through a campsite. Eight people were killed.

Selangor state’s fire and rescue department said the landslide occurred near an organic farm with camping facilities about 3 a.m. (1900 GMT) on the side of a road.

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As per the latest message on social media, a total of 92 people had been found in the landslide, out of which 53 are safe.

Eight are confirmed dead, seven were injured. Rescue efforts are underway.

From a height of about 100 feet, a landslide dropped in front of a campsite, covering an area about an acre big, reports the fire department.

“I pray that the missing victims can be found safely soon,” Malaysia s minister of natural resources, environment and climate change, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, tweeted on Friday morning. “The rescue team has been working since early. I m going down there today.”

The disaster was only 30 miles outside the popular tourist attraction of Kuala Lumpur and 50 kilometers from Genting Highland. Pictures of Father’s Organic Farm show a farmhouse located in a small valley and open area to put tents up.

Local TV has footage from a forest where a landslide had taken place and you can see other people clambering in thick mud, and it has been put on social media.

Jean Harris

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