Police Question Father's Organic Farm Operator After Campsite Found To Be Unlicensed
Authorities have said its owners were allowed to operate organic farms, but had not applied for licences to run three campsites on the property.
Police have called in staff members from an unlicensed campsite to assist in an investigation into a landslide that flattened the camp grounds and killed at least 24 people, as the search for missing people continued for a fourth day
The victims, including seven children, died after a landslide tore through the campsite early on Friday, 16 December, while they slept in tents at Batang Kali, a popular hilly area about 50km north of capital Kuala Lumpur.
Of the 94 people caught in the landslide, 61 were safe and nine still missing, the Selangor state Fire and Rescue Department said.
Search and rescue teams have increased the number of excavators and rescue dogs to find campers who may be trapped under mud and debris, with heavy rain raising concern of further landslides.
Hulu Selangor district police chief Suffian Abdullah said police have questioned the operator and two workers of the campsite at Father's Organic Farm.
Authorities have said its owners were allowed to operate organic farms, but had not applied for licences to run three campsites on the property
The farm owners did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
"Our hearts are closely connected with you, may the deceased rest in peace... Pray for the survivors and the injured," it said on Facebook in a statement addressing victims and their families.
Selangor Fire and Rescue Department director Datuk Norazam Khamis on Saturday, 17 December, said the chance of finding more survivors was slim given the lack of oxygen and weight of mud pressing down on the site.
An initial investigation showed an embankment of around 450,000m³ of earth had collapsed. The earth fell from an estimated height of 30m and covered an area of about an acre (0.4 hectares).