Genting landslide: Two dead bodies found embracing each other under rubble 

Picture courtesy of Selangor fire and rescue department
Picture courtesy of Selangor fire and rescue department

Two individuals, one of them a four year-old child, believed to be mother and daughter, were found dead embracing each other under rubble from a landslide that occured early Friday morning at the Father’s Organic Farm campsite on Jalan Genting-Batang Kali.

Free Malaysia Today reported a Selangor fire and rescue department spokesman stating that the two were found embracing each other at the Riverside campsite.

“Both were found at 4.40pm. They were hugging each other. We believe they were mother and daughter,” said the spokesperson.

The recovery of these two bodies brings the total number of deaths to 18. 

Works Minister Alexander Nanta Linggi said in a statement at 1:28pm today that the landslide is 300m long and 70m high.

Meanwhile, Nga Kor Ming, the local government development minister, said today that the three campsites impacted by the deadly landslide in Batang Kali early this morning lacked the required permits.

During a site visit, Nga was reported as saying that the operators involved could face up to three years in jail and a maximum fine of RM50,000 (US$11,300).

He claimed that the campsites violated the Street, Drainage, and Building Act of 1974 because the operators only had approval for its organic farm business.

The minister also directed all 155 local governments across the country to immediately vacate all riverside campsites for seven days.

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