SELANGOR, MALAYSIA — The rescue team of the operation at the landslide in Batang Kali, has retrieved the bodies of the 25th and 26th victims after its continuous search.
At 11.20 pm yesterday(21 Dec), the rescue team found the body of the 25th victim, a girl, buried under 17-meter-deep soil.
The girl was believed to be aged between six and 10.
“The child’s body, in pink pyjamas, was found buried under 17-metre deep soil. There were no major injuries on the body., “said Suffian Abdullah, Hulu Selangor police chief Superintendent.
Child body found under 17-meter-deep soil
Hafisham Mohd, assistant director of Selangor Fire and Rescue Department Operations Division told Astro Awani that the rescue team did not expect the body to be located so deep underground.
“We dug for about 12 meters earlier. Apparently, it (the victim’s body) is still located deeper. Survey and Mapping Department of Malaysia (JUPEM), assisted us in calculating the depth of the ground.”
“We dredged five meters deeper, and the child’s body was found near a boulder the size of an excavator,” he added.
Another male body found Wednesday morning
According to the latest update by Selangor Fire and Rescue Department, rescuers found another male body in area sector B at the site at 11.16 am today (21 Dec).
Last Friday (16 December), a predawn landslide hit a campsite at an organic farm on Friday near the town of Batang Kali just outside the capital Kuala Lumpur.
A total of 94 people, most of them asleep, were trapped by the massive landslide when it hit.
The landslide fell from an estimated height of 30 meters above the campsite and covered an area of about 3 acres.
According to The National Disaster Management Agency(NADMA), as of 11.40 pm on 21 December, 61 people had been found safe or rescued.
26 have been confirmed to be killed in the landslide, five of them are boys, three girls, 13 females and five males.
While the rescue team is still continuing its search for seven more victims who are still missing.