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Landslide in Selangor : Rescue workers shocked by sight of bodies

May 22, 2011
The Star/Asia News Network
Sun, May 22, 2011

KAJANG (MAlAYSIA) – RESCUERS who were first to arrive at the scene of the landslide were shocked by the sight of bodies stuck in the soil and mud.

Radzman Abdul Wahab, 25, who is attached to the Civil Defence Department in Kuala Lumpur, said he received the alert at 4.15pm before a team was rushed to the scene yesterday.

“When we arrived, we saw a large mound of earth and mud behind the madrasah and we could see lifeless bodies and hands sticking out from the mud.

“It was heart-breaking to see the young victims but I had to put aside my emotions and concentrate on rescuing those who were trapped under the rubble,” he said.

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His team was involved in the rescue of the third victim at 5pm. They pulled the boy out of the rubble and rushed him to hospital. Nadurah Shamsul Liani, 20, also from the same team, said the soil was still wet and shifting at the site.

“It was very dangerous work for all the rescue workers. “There was always the danger of another landslide occurring but we pushed on for the sake of the trapped children,” she said, adding that rescue efforts almost halted between 6pm and 7pm because of the downpour. — THE STAR/ANN

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