One dead, 4 feared buried alive in Cameron Highlands landslide

KUANTAN: Search and rescue efforts are ongoing at Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands after a landslide in the early hours of Friday (Jan 26) killed one man, with four other people feared buried alive. 

All five are Myanmar nationals, said the Pahang Fire and Rescue Department in a statement, adding that they were in a house when the landslide struck. Those missing comprise three men and a woman. 

Nine firemen who first arrived had to trek about 3km to get to the scene, said the department’s assistant director of operations Ismail Abdul Ghani, adding that they received a distress call at about 2.50am.

The police, personnel from the Malaysia Civil Defence Force as well as a K9 tracking unit are also assisting with the operation. 

Works Minister Alexander Nanta Linggi said the landslide location did not fall under the purview of the Malaysian Public Works Department.

“However, (the department) will also assist with the operation, especially in the clearing of the landslide at the entrance to the incident area to facilitate search and rescue,” he said in a post on X. 

The Cameron Highlands area has seen several landslides in recent days.

A landslide on Jan 19 forced the temporary closure of a road that connects the suburb of Habu to the Boh Tea Estate.

Pahang authorities were also alerted to another landslide on Thursday night at Ulu Sungai Palas. No damage to property or loss of life was reported. 

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