GEORGE TOWN, Oct 21 – The incident happened so fast, about only one minute and all the workers were feared buried underneath. That was the first hand account of a Bangladeshi construction worker who survived the landslide incident in Lengkok Lembah Permai, Tanjung Bungah here this morning that is believed to have caused between 15 to 20 people to be trapped while another two managed to be extricated.
“During the incident I was installing iron rods and was about to get them when I saw the ground up there collapsed with a loud thud. One minute only, fast … my friends, about eight of them below did not manage to flee. Not sure if they are alive or dead,” said Mohammad Jashim Hussein Ahmad, 27, a worker at the construction who survived.
The incident was reported at 8.57am and at the moment search and rescue work is being conducted by personnel from the Fire and Rescue Department and police. According to the department’s public report, the landslide involved a building construction site with a hill slope of about 10m.
Members of the public were also seen gathering around the scene of the incident and police had placed security lines about 100m from the landslide location to prevent anyone from entering the area. At the time of the incident, the weather was fine. Meanwhile Mohd Awal Jafra Alma said his younger brother Mohd Abdul Rahman, 18, who worked at the construction was feared to be still trapped.
“My friends told me at about 8 am … I still don’t know if my brother is still alive or dead and I will wait here to see my brother’s situation for myself,” he said, adding that their parents who were at a hospital in Bangladesh had not been notified of the incident. — Bernama