According to Malaysia’s fire department, a landslide outside of Kuala Lumpur today resulted in the deaths of two individuals and the possible burying of 51 more.
The event happened at a campsite in Batang Kali, about 50 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur, according to a fire department officer in central Selangor. 79 individuals were reportedly present at the campsite at the time.
The official confirmed that a lady and a child were discovered deceased. According to the official, three persons were hurt as rescuers were looking for the estimated 51 missing people. 23 more persons have now been saved.
About an acre of the surrounding area was impacted by the landslide, which started on a hill about 30 metres (100 feet) higher than the campsite.
The Civil Defence Force of Malaysia released images online of crews of helmeted employees scrambling over rough ground and around uprooted trees.
The cause of the landslide is unknown; according to the local media, there were no recent earthquakes or periods of severe rain.
A big landslide that had occurred in a hilly, forested location next to a road was depicted in local television footage. Meanwhile, pictures posted on social media showed rescuers scrambling over large trees, heavy mud, and other debris.
Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, a Malaysian minister of natural resources, environment, and climate change who was among the ministers en route to the scene, tweeted on Friday morning, “I pray that the lost victims can be located securely soon.” “The rescue crew has been at it since the morning. Today, I’m heading there.”
Images shared on the Facebook page of Father’s Organic Farm depict a home in a little valley with a sizable area where tents can be pitched and the most wealthy state in the nation, Selangor, has seen landslides in the past, which are frequently linked to deforestation and land clearing.
Although it was the rainy season in the area, no major rain or earthquakes were noticed over the course of the night.