24 dead in landslide at campsite in Genting: officials

Picture courtesy of Selangor Fire and Rescue Department
Picture courtesy of Selangor Fire and Rescue Department

Update: Out of the 94 individuals who were involved in the landslide catastrophe at the Father’s Organic Farm campsite in Gohtong Jaya on Jalan Genting-Batang Kali, 24 have been declared dead as of yesterday afternoon (Saturday).

As of 2pm, According to the Fire and Rescue Department, two bodies—a mother and a boy—were pulled from the debris at 1.02pm.

They are thought to have been transported to a hospital in a police vehicle.

61 individuals in total made it out alive, while nine remain missing. Today (Sunday) at 9am, the relentless search for the missing victims continued.

The search-and-rescue (SAR) operations continue the second day to find the remaining victims of a landslide that occurred early Friday morning at the Father’s Organic Farm campsite on Jalan Genting-Batang Kali.

As of 6pm, local news agency TV3 reported that 21 people have been found dead while 12 are still missing.

Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek confirmed with reporters that students and teachers from SJK(C) Mun Choong were involved in the incident.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi has requested that the rescue team involved to continue doing their best to find those who are still missing.

As of 5pm, 19 people have been pronounced dead and 14 still missing as a result of a landslide that occurred early Friday morning at the Father’s Organic Farm campsite on Jalan Genting-Batang Kali, according to Hulu Selangor District Police Chief Superintendent Suffian Abdullah.

The 17th and 18th victim, believed to be mother and daughter, were found embracing each other under rubble, he said. Meanwhile, the search and rescue team is currently trying to retrieve the body of the 19th victim.

Works Minister Alexander Nanta Linggi said in a statement at 1.28pm today that the landslide is 300m long and 70m high.

At 11am, 13 people have died following the early-morning landslide at a campsite in Batang Kali, according to Health Minister Zaliha Mustafa.

She stated that while the majority of the bodies are still at the scene of the incident, some had been transported to Sg Buloh Hospital.

A total of 94 victims were involved, according to police. Meanwhile, 25 are still missing as search-and-rescue operations continue. All the victims are locals.

According to the National Disaster Management Agency, as of 9.15am, eight people have been found dead while seven are injured. In a statement on Twitter, it said a total of 92 victims were located, 53 of which were found safe.

As a result of a landslide that occurred early Friday morning at the Father’s Organic Farm campsite on Jalan Genting-Batang Kali, officials have announced that two people are dead, fifty-one are still missing, 3 were injured and another 23 escaped unharmed. 

In a statement, the Fire and Rescue Department said a total of 79 people were at the campsite when the landslide occurred at approximately 2:24 am. 

“The search and rescue efforts are still ongoing with the assistance of the fire department and other agencies such as the Voluntary Fire Association, Private Fire Department, police, Malaysian Civil Defence Force, Health Ministry and the SMART team,” said the Facebook posting.

The height of the landslide is estimated to have been 30 meters high with an estimated area of 3 acres affected.

According to the Selangor Fire and Rescue Department director, Norazam Khamis, firefighters were dispatched to the scene at about 3 am after receiving a distress call at 2:24 am. 

He said search and rescue operations are being actively carried out including using the services of tracking dog units (K9) and Emergency Services Support Units.

He added that firemen from Kuala Kubu Baru, Rawang, Genting, Selayang, Shah Alam and Damansara as well as personnel and rescue equipment have been dispatched from KLIA, Petaling Jaya, Pandan, Ampang, Kajang and Andalas stations.

This is a developing story and may be updated without notice


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