Cameron Highlands landslide: Eight hours to search and extract victims

The search and rescue team took eight hours to extricate seven bodies and two survivors who were seriously injured in
the landslide at the Orang Asli settlement in Sungai Ruil, Brinchang, yesterday.

Pahang Fire and Rescue Department Director Abdul Wahab Mat Yasin said the operation started at 6.15pm yesterday and ended at 2.15 this morning.

He said three bulldozers were used to help in the rescue operations to clear the debris at the scene of the incident.

“Tracker dogs from the Fire and Rescue Department had also been used to assist in the search operation and locate the victims who were buried in the landslide,” he told Bernama at the scene.

He said the dead were identified as Normadiah Lasik, 69, Ali Hassan, 50, Jaafar, 49, Mohd Ikbal Jaafar, 15, Sara Gunung, 37, Norma Gunung, 51, and Yusnizan Yusof, 22, were sent to the Hospital Sultanah Hajjah Kalsom, Tanah Rata.

Meanwhile, the two seriously injured, who were identified as Bah Anjang Besar a/l Anjang, 39, and Serry Priary a/p Suri, 15, had been sent to the Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun in Ipoh for further treatment.

Abdul Wahab said the search and rescue operation involved 248 personnel from the various agencies including the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), Fire and Rescue Department, the Smart team and the Cameron Highlands Municipal Council.

– Bernama