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Malaysia: At least 31 dead after landslide in Kuala Lumpur


At least 31 people died in a landslide in Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur - most of them apparently camping vacationers. According to official information, the operator of the place did not have a license for the operation.

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A bouquet of flowers was laid at the site of the landslide near the campsite

Photo: Mustaqim Khairuddin / dpa

More than a week after a landslide in Malaysia that killed at least 31 people, rescue workers have ended their search.

"We found the last body, that of a boy," rescue team leader Hafisham Mohamad Noor told AFP on Saturday.

The accident happened last week at a campsite near the town of Batang Kali, north of the capital Kuala Lumpur.

The landslide had buried a campsite near a farm.

According to the authorities, 92 people were on site at the time of the accident, and 61 people had been rescued.

Many of the victims, including 11 children, were families who were spending their annual holidays at the campsite.

Also found beneath the mass of earth was a mother and her child in a close embrace, and a man still holding his dog.

Around 700 employees from various authorities and rescue services dug through mud and rubble for days to search for survivors and bodies.

According to official information, the farm did not have a license to operate a campsite.

Landslides are not uncommon in Malaysia after heavy rains, especially at this time of year.

Landslides occur again and again after periods of bad weather.

However, no heavy rains had been recorded in Batang Kali before the accident.

The Malaysian government has enacted strict laws for building on the hillside.

In March, four people died after a landslide caused by heavy rainfall buried their homes in a Kuala Lumpur suburb.


Source: spiegel

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