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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Death toll in Malaysia landslide rises to 16

Sulaiman Kamal | 4:50 PM | Best Blogger Tips

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KUALA LUMPUR - THE remains of the last victim were recovered at 5.05am on Sunday, bringing the death toll to 16 after two landslides hit an orphanage here.

Landslide hits Malaysian orphanage
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15 boys and one adult were killed in the incident while nine others survived.
Kajang deputy police chief Azman Ayob confirmed that the last body recovered was that of 11-year-old Kamarul Hanizam.
He said during a press conference at the scene of the incident, "The remains of all the 16 victims have been taken to Kuala Lumpur General Hospital for autopsy.
Nine survived the landslide tragedy and were rushed to Ampang Hospital for treatment. The last survivor, a boy named Iwan, was rescued at 10.15pm Saturday."Although 25 victims have been found, we will begin a second round of search and rescue at 8am to confirm no one has been left behind," he said.
The landslides hit Kampung Felcra Semungkis about 1.30pm Saturday.
Twenty-five people, who were attending a motivational camp at the orphanage, including 20 children and five adults, were trapped in the mud and rubble after the two landslides.
> 2.15pm A total of 49 students and teachers waited at the Madrasah Al- Takwa, Jalan Felcra Semungkus, Hulu Langat, for the arrival of a Finas delegation for a scheduled lunch and meet-the-orphans session.
> 2.30pm Two landslides occur simultaneously as a result of overnight rain, partially burying the orphanage along with 25 people.
> 4.30pm Firemen, villagers and rescue workers retrieve the first body. The injured are rushed to the Kajang Hospital as rain begins to pour.
> 5pm A Fire and Rescue Department team retrieves another body, a student at the orphanage.
> 5.30pm Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim tweets that he has deployed a rescue team from the Selangor Humanitarian Aid Foundation, Amal Foundation and Amal Brigade.
> 6.10pm Another body is retrieved. In total, nine victims have been pulled out of the debris by search-and-rescue teams from the Fire and Rescue and Civil Defence departments and police.
According to Selangor police chief Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah, three victims aged between 11 and 14 died at the scene and their remains were sent to Ampang Hospital for autopsy.
Six injured victims, aged between 11 and 17, are sent to Kajang Hospital for treatment.
> 7.18pm Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil directs the Social Welfare Department and the Skuad Sayang (Caring Squad) to provide immediate assistance to the orphans and relatives of the victims.
> 7.30pm Police tell bystanders to leave the area.
> 7.40pm Two more bodies are pulled out and taken away in two ambulances.
> 8.10pm Police cordon off the area as the crowd grows bigger.
> 9pm Fearing more landslides, police issued another stern warning to the public to make them move away from the site.
> 9.15pm Police tell reporters to move away from the scene for their safety.
> 10.30pm First boy pulled out alive.
> 10.45pm OCPD Kajang ACP Abdul Rashid Wahab said 10 were dead and nine others were injured and sent to hospital.
> 2am 13 found dead and three are still missing.
> 5.05am Last victim's body found
> 5.50am Police called off search

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