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20 buried alive in Malaysia construction site tragedy

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A tragic scene played out in George Town, capital of the northwest Malaysian state of Penang when a landslide at a construction site buried 20 people alive according to rescue operatives.

Reports say rescue operations are currently underway with the Penang fire and rescue department revealing in a statement that two people so far have been pulled from the landslide, which occurred at a building construction site.

Between 15 and 20 people were buried by the landslide, the fire department said.
Most people trapped are suspected to be foreign construction workers employed at the site, fire officials said.

Read also: MALAYSIA: 24 feared dead in Islamic boarding school fire

In recent times, Malaysia has been hit with tragic occurrences with the last being an outbreak of fire at an Islamic boarding school in Kuala Lumpur, when a suspected electrical short circuit caused an inferno that broke out in a top floor dormitory of the school burning more than 20 people, including students to death.

According to a statement from the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department, the outbreak which ravaged the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah, a “tahfiz” boarding school for boys where students learn to memorise the Koran, was reported around 5.40 a.m.. local time (2140 GMT Wednesday).

 

 

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