GEORGE TOWN, Oct 21 – Fifteen workers were at the Tanjung Bungah construction site, two bodies retrieved by rescuers, while a third is in the process of being extricated. The remains of one Myanmar and two Indonesian foreign workers were recovered from the scene which was hit by the landslide shortly after 8am today.
Penang Island City Council (MBPP) mayor Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif said the first bodies were found at 9.55am and second at 10.43am. Meanwhile, Penang Fire and Rescue Department director Saadon Mokhtar said a third victim was recovered at 1.15pm today. Datuk Maimunah said Fire and Rescue Department personnel, together with other authorities, are still at the scene to locate the remaining victims.
It is believed that 10 workers, including a Malaysian site supervisor, are still buried under the landslide. MBPP issued a stop-work order on the construction site until the search and rescue is completed. “We don’t know what caused the landslide yet. But it cannot be due to wet weather because the weather was fine before the incident occurred,” she told reporters. — PN