Two Indonesian farmhands believed buried in mudslide

Two Indonesian farmhands believed buried in mudslide
Cameron Highlands OCPD Deputy Supt Wan Mohd Zahari Wan Busu said one teenager was swept away by floodwater.

CAMERON HIGHLANDS - Two Indo­nesian farmhands are believed to be buried under a mudslide near a farm at Sungai Kabok in Bertam Valley following the heavy rains that also caused flash floods in three areas here.

Some 40 search and rescue personnel were involved in the search for the man and woman from 11.30am. However, Cameron High­lands OCPD Deputy Supt Mohd Wan Zahari Wan Busu said heavy rains forced the search to be halted and it would resume today.

"There is also soil movement at the hilly area and we had to call off the search so as not to endanger the lives of our personnel," he told journalists here.

"We will widen our search in the area and deploy K9 units from the police and the Fire and Rescue Department."

DSP Mohd Wan Zahari also urged families that were relocated to a temporary shelter not to return to their homes in Bertam Valley because it could still be dangerous.

He said some 22 houses were submerged and affected by the flood in Kampung Baru Ringlet while some 20 vehicles were damaged.

"At least 41 families, consisting of 177 people, were relocated to the Ringlet Community Hall during the flood. Most have left the hall and gone to their respective relatives' homes," he said.

During an earlier press conference, DSP Mohd Wan Zahari said three people were killed during the downpour that caused flash floods and mudslides at three areas here.

He said one teenager was swept away by floodwaters in Kuala Terla while two others were buried by the mudslide in Ringlet and Bertam Valley.

"The 13-year-old boy, R. Tunesh, was found about 5km from where he was swept away by strong currents of Terlom River at Batu 49, Kuala Terla, at night on Wednes­day.

"He was found near a riverbank by search and rescue personnel at about 8.45am today," he said.

DSP Mohd Wan Zahari said a 48-year-old Indonesian, Anipan, was found buried at his rumah kongsi in Bertam Valley at about 9.20am.

"He failed to escape from the house and was buried some one metre under a pile of soil. His wife, Tsunami, 41, escaped with light injuries," he said.

"A 66-year-old Nepalese, Md Yousuf Miya, was found buried at his home in Ulu Merah, Ringlet, at about 8.30pm yesterday."

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