4 Killed Including An Air Selangor Contract Worker In Ampang Landslides

During the incident, residents in the area heard a loud bang caused by two landslides that occurred in succession during heavy rain yesterday evening, 10 March.

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Multiple landslides at Taman Bukit Permai 2 in Ampang yesterday, 10 March has killed four individuals including an Air Selangor contract worker

All four individuals were buried alive in the landslide that occurred yesterday evening, 10 March.

An 84-year-old man escaped with minor injuries.

The deadly landslides also affected 15 homes and 10 vehicles.

A team of nine firemen from the Pandan Fire and Rescue station arrived at the scene for a search and rescue (SAR) operation after receiving a distress call at 5.54pm, reported Bernama.

According to Ampang Jaya police chief ACP Mohamad Farouk Eshak, the rescue workers found the body of an 85-year-old woman buried in one of the houses that were located in the centre of the landslide zone.

The woman's body was recovered at 9.10pm.

"She was found in a house in Jalan T1/2J. She was confirmed dead by medical officers after she was pulled out," he said, adding that an hour later the body of a second victim, a man, was pulled from the debris.

The SAR operation ended at 2am after rescuers found the bodies of the last two victims, both males. One of the last two victims was a contract worker of Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor).

The victims have been identified by their family members

According to a report in The Star, they are Chong Siew Kim, aged 85; E Ramasamy, aged 58; Mohd Saiful Ridzuan Ishak, aged 37; and A Mahendran, aged 36.

The victims were brought to Ampang Hospital where the lone survivor, 85-year-old Kim Cheng Kim, is still being treated.

During the incident, residents in the area heard a loud bang caused by two landslides that occurred in succession during heavy rain

According to 21-year-old Angeozeel Andrew, he heard a boom similar to thunder before the lorry his friend was driving was covered in a heap of mud when the landslide struck.

He said his colleague, A Mahendran, was one of the four Air Selangor personnel dispatched to the scene to conduct maintenance work around 4.30pm, reported New Straits Times.

"It started raining heavily as we were about to begin our work so we had to delay the job and take shelter in the lorry," he said, adding this he and one of his friends got into the front seats and were about 10 metres away from Mahendran's lorry, in which there was another worker with him.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department (METMalaysia) had forecast heavy evening showers until 14 March.

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