Search and rescue operations continue at Hulu Langat landslide area

Search and rescue operations will continue until all victims buried under the landslide at the orphanage, Rumah Anak-anak Yatim dan Anak-anak Hidayah Madrasah Al-Taqwa, in Hulu Langat, are recovered.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Khalid Abu Bakar,when interviewed by Astro Awani, said the search and rescue operations involved 200 personnel from the Fire and Rescue Department, the Special Search and Rescue Team Malaysia (Smart), the Civil Defence Department and the police.

“The search and rescue operation will continue until all victims have been found despite the darkness and rain,” he said.

Meanwhile, Khalid asked members of the public to stay away from the landslide site for their own safety, and to allow rescue workers to carry out their work.

“So far, I understand there is still earth movement detected because of the rain. As such, I urge members of the public to stay away from the site of the tragedy.

“We fear that other undesired incidents may occur,” he said.

On the status of the orphanage, Khalid said that at the moment the police wanted to concentrate on the rescue operations first while the status of theorphanage would be investigated later.

— Bernama