Selangor Government Gives Immediate Aid To Landslide Victims http://bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsindex.php?id=588141
KUALA LUMPUR, May 21 (Bernama) — Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and the state executive council members expressed their condolence to families of children killed in the landslide which hit the “Rumah Anak-anak Yatim dan Anak-anak Hidayah Madrasah Al-Taqwa Felda Semungkis” in Kampung Gahal, Hulu Langat, near here Saturday.
A statement issued by the Menteri Besar’s office said that the Selangor government had sent the state Humanitarian Aid Mission and Charity Foundation teams to the scene to provide immediate aid to the victims and their family members.
The Menteri Besar Incorporated (MBI) will bear the cost of all the needs required by those who were rescued in the incident and that of those involved in the search and rescue operation, it said.
It said MBI would also contribute RM1,000 each to the family of those killed in the landslide.
The Selangor government is also providing temporary accommodation at Azwin Resort for occupants of the orphanage and their family members.
BY Aliyah Shahid
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Saturday, May 21st 2011, 1:04 PM
A devastating landslide in Malaysia on Saturday buried at least 20 boys and four adults living at an orphanage, where rescuers were seen frantically digging through the soil to find the missing.
The bodies of five boys, ages 8 to 17, have been found, while six children and a 30-year-old warden were critically injured.
The landslide, which was likely sparked by heavy rains, occurred around 2:30 p.m. in Hulu Langat, just southeast of the capital Kuala Lampur.
Survivors of a landslide that half buried an orphanage are given medical treatment. (AP)
The boys at the ethnic Malay Muslim boys had just finished lunch inside a tent near the main building when the landslide hit.
A rescuer uses a construction machine to search for the bodies (AP)
“Rescuers have to dig using their hands and other equipment because the soil surrounding is very soft due to the rain,” he added.
A warden at the orphanage told local paper Berita Harian that the children were waiting for visitors when the ground began to shake.
“I heard a loud noise,” said Mohamad Hambali Ismail. “Suddenly the earth was chasing me. I had to run to save myself.”
With News Wire Services