Massive landslide in B.Antarabangsa

December 6, 2008

THE STAR:  update at 3.30pm

KUALA LUMPUR: A massive landslide occurred in Bukit Antarabangsa at 4am Saturday. As of 2.20pm Saturday, three people are confirmed dead and 15 injured.  The landslide cut off access by the main road to the residential areas at Bukit Antarabangsa, trapping hundreds of residents.  As of 2.20pm Saturday, more than 2,000 residents have been evacuated, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan.  He added that the search and rescue operation is ongoing for six people who are suspected to be buried but still alive.

On Saturday monring, Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said the military has been roped in to create a slip road to enable trapped victims to be evacuated from the area.

As of 2.30pm Saturday the police had airlifted six people who needed immediate medical attention – two pregnant women, two elderly women with weak hearts, a man who is a stroke patient and another man who needed haemodialysis treatment.  The last man is said to have made it to the hospital just in time for his treatment.  Among the dead are a Shaiful Khas, 20, and N. Logeswari, 40.

A total of 93 people have been rescued while seven are still reported missing.  Also affected are 14 houses in Jalan Bukit Mewah and Jalan Mewah Utama.  The injured and the remains of the dead have been rushed to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.  A total of 160 police, army, Ampang Jaya City Council (MPAJ) and medical personnel are involved in the search and rescue operation.

According to BERNAMA, the injured were given first aid at the Addinniah surau before being sent to hospital. At least 12 ambulances were spotted at the scene.  One of the affected bungalows is owned by Datuk Mohamed Thajudeen Abdul Wahab, the principal private secretary to the prime minister.  Thajudeen and his family are safe. They were not at home at the time.

Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman Azmin Ali said at the scene that earth movement continued to take place and that electricity supply to several housing estates in Bukit Antarabangsa was disrupted.

The site of Saturday’s landslide is believed to be 1.5km from the Highland Towers apartment building which collapsed on Dec 11, 1993, killing 48 people.

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