GEORGE TOWN, Oct 22 – The search and rescue (SAR) team have discovered the body of the eighth victim buried at a construction site in Lengkok Lembah Permai, Tanjung Bungah this afternoon. Fire and Rescue Department’s assistant director-general (operations and rescue) Edwin Galan Teruki, who is the operation commander, said the victim was found at about 3.27pm on Sunday.
“We were following a specific prosedure and it worked. The body was found not far from the seventh victim, who was a Bangladeshi named Md But Alam. However, we believe it will take some time to pull the victim out, as his body was surrounded by iron piles (cerucuk besi). It took us three hours to take the seventh victim out. This will take around the same time. We have to be very careful and need to clear the iron piles first,” he said.
Edwin added that the identity of the eighth victim is yet to be identified. The search and rescue (SAR) operation is still ongoing to locate the other three victims. At press time, the SAR team has confirmed the identity of seven victims, namely Yunus Nazir Huson (Myanmar), Hossen Mia (Bangladesh), Muhammad Elyas Mustak (Myanmar), Hosrin (Indonesia), Erwin (Indonesia), Rahmatullah Mohd Sidiq (Myanmar) and Md Nur Alam (Bangladesh).
Northeast district police chief Assistant Commissioner Anuar Omar said they are looking for three victims who survived yesterday’s landslide with injuries, to assist in investigations. They are Gearsudin Sadul Haq from Myanmar, Mohamad Josim Rahman from Bangladesh and another man, whose identity is yet to be determined.
Over 220 personnel from the police, Fire and Rescue Department, Civil Defense Force, Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (Smart) Putrajaya, Rela and medical teams are involved in the SAR operation. — PN