At least 19 people have been killed and 14 trapped in a landslide at a campsite near Malaysia’s Genting Highlands, authorities said in a rescue operation. The fire and rescue department said the incident took place on the side of the road near a farm with camping facilities in Selangor state on the outskirts of the capital Kuala Lumpur at around 3am local time on Friday (December 16).
Officials said that more than 50 people have been rescued, but more than 14 people are still missing. Hundreds of search and rescue personnel are working at the scene in search of survivors. The director of Selangor Fire and Rescue Department, Norajam Khamis, said that search and rescue operations will continue for the next 24 hours for the missing.
It is reported that a total of 92 people were affected by this late night landslide and 59 of them were found safe. Apart from 19 people killed in this incident, 8 people were admitted to the hospital with injuries.
Selangor State Fire and Rescue Department director Norajam Khamis said the landslide occurred from a height of approximately 30 meters (100 feet) and covered an area of about one acre.