Several Bangladeshi workers are believed to be trapped at a construction site following a landslide in George Town, capital of the northwest Malaysian state of Penang, authorities said on Saturday. Officials said two survivors, who were rescued were foreign workers, The Sun Daily news website reported.
In the 8.50am incident, 14 people comprising of Bangladeshis, Indonesians, Myanmar nationals, Pakistanis and a local were buried alive at a construction site in the Lembah Permai neighbourhood.
Representational image of rescue workers use heavy machinery to search for landslide victims at Caok village in Purworejo, Central Java province, Indonesia.
A worker who was at the construction site when the incident happened said he escaped the landslide because he had moved away.
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The Penang government should be fully responsibe for the landslide in Tanjung Bungah which buried 14 workers, three of whom have died, Tanjung Bungah assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu said. "It has not been raining for days on the island", she told reporters.
Penang Fire and Rescue Department director Saadon Mokhtar confirmed the third victim was found at 1.15pm Saturday.
"(I feel) Sad about the landslide in Tanjung Bungah. "Hopefully, the search and rescue mission runs smoothly, let us pray together", Najib said in a note on his official Twitter account.
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