Siblings drown in hole at construction site

Siblings drown in hole at construction site
Ongoing search: Police scuba divers patrolling and looking for the two siblings in Sungai Golok after their boat capsized. Their mother's body was found near the capsized vessel.

BUKIT MERTAJAM, Malaysia - A toddler and her four-year-old brother drowned after falling into a 2m-deep hole at a construction site.

Anisatunnajah Mohd Esa, 32, said she did not understand how 18-month-old Nur Shazreen Rahizal and Muhammad Shazriel Naufal could have wandered about 50m away from their house in Kampung Pelet, Kubang Semang, near here.

The housewife said she last saw them playing with their seven-year-old brother and 10-year-old sister in the house at about 4.30pm on Saturday. Her lorry driver husband Rahizal Md Lazim, 35, was taking a nap.

"Suddenly, I noticed that Shazreen and Shazriel were not there and started looking for them."

She said her son who helped her in the search suddenly shouted: "Macam adik di dalam lubang (little sister seems to be in a hole)."

Anisatunnajah said she and Rahizal ran over and with other family members and neighbours pulled both the children out.

"Rahizal rushed them to Bukit Mertajam Hospital but they were pronounced dead upon arrival," she said.

Because of the rain, the holes at the construction site were filled with water and the children could have slipped into one.

Rahizal claimed the bodies from the mortuary at about 11pm and the children were buried at Masjid Kampung Pelet yesterday.

"We did not celebrate Aidiladha," said Rahizal.

Central Seberang Prai Deputy OCPD Supt Baharom Abu urged parents to be more vigilant over their children.

Elsewhere, in Kota Baru, the search is going on for two siblings - Wan Nurdina Nadia Wan Azli, 10, and Wan Nurhabib Naufal, six - who were onboard a boat that capsized in Sungai Golok on Saturday.

Rantau Panjang fire and rescue station head Rahmat Kamaruzaman said the search and rescue team conducted its operations until 7pm yesterday and would resume this morning, reported Bernama.

The children and their mother Rosmiwati Zakaria, 37, were apparently returning from a shopping trip at Pasar Mundok, Sungai Golok, located just across the river in conjunction with the Hari Raya Haji celebrations.

However, the boat with 15 people overturned in swift current around 3.30pm following heavy rain.

Many of the victims were saved by members of the public while some managed to swim to the riverbank.

However, Rosmiwati, a welfare officer in Jerantut, and her children were swept away by the strong current.

The search team found Rosmiwati's body at 5.45pm, about 100m from where the boat capsized.

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