GEORGE TOWN, Oct 23 – The last two bodies of the Saturday’s landslide at a construction site in Tanjung Bungah were located on this early morning. The bodies of Malaysian Yuan Kuok Wern and Bangladeshi Muhammad Monirul were found between 7am to 7.15am by search and rescue (SAR) personnel.
Muhammad’s body has been retrieved from the site while rescuers were working on bringing out Yuan’s body from the rubble, said State Secretary Datuk Seri Farizan Darus. Today marks the third day of the SAR operation since the construction site in Lengkok Lembah Permai here was struck by a landslide.
The SAR team has been working around-the-clock in search of the 11 victims and so far, nine bodies have been recovered, with four retrieved on the first day, and five yesterday. Earlier on Sunday, the Fire and Rescue Department revised the number of victims from the initial 14 down to 11 after checks showed that three men managed to escape themselves from the avalanche of red earth. They were treated for injuries at the Penang Hospital now. — PN