24 dead when landslide tears through campsite, killing people in their sleep

At least 24 people have been killed after a massive landslide ripped through a holiday campsite.

Rescuers are still trying to find survivors buried under the pile of dirt after mud swept through the terrain in Malaysia as campers slept.

Up to 24 people are said to have died after the landslide

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Up to 24 people are said to have died after the landslidePhoto credit: Reuters
Rescue teams waded through the mounds of mud and dirt looking for survivors

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Rescue teams waded through the mounds of mud and dirt looking for survivorsPhoto credit: Reuters

Up to 400 people have joined the search at the Batang Kali campsite, with nine people still missing.

So far, officers have recovered bodies, including 12 women and 6 children.

Authorities say at least seven people were taken to hospital and dozens more were rescued unharmed.

According to the Selangor State Fire and Rescue Service, 61 of those trapped in the slide were safe.

Chief Norazam Khamis said the chances of any more survivors being found are slim given the weight of the mud pressing down on the site.

But search and rescue operations resumed a second day earlier today after being halted overnight due to heavy rain.

A total of 135 responders and seven recovered rescue dogs continued to search through thick mud and fallen trees this morning when an initial investigation found a dam of about 450,000 cubic meters of earth had collapsed at the site.

The earth fell from an estimated height of 30 meters and covered an area of ​​about an acre of land, reports said.

Leong Jim Meng, who was staying at the campsite with his family, described feeling the earth moving before hearing a loud bang as the landslide hit.

“My family and I were trapped when dirt covered our tent,” he told the New Straits Times.

“We managed to escape to a parking lot and heard a second landslide.”

Landslides are common in Malaysia, but usually only after heavy rain.

Flooding is common, with torrential rains displacing about 21,000 people in seven states last year.

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said Friday the government would provide aid to the families of each person killed, while survivors would receive money from the state.

However, according to local government development minister Nga Kor Ming, the campsite was operating illegally and could now be prosecuted in the wake of the tragedy.

He claimed that the operator had a government license to operate an organic farm but was not allowed to engage in camping activities.

If found guilty of breaking the law, the owner could face up to three years in prison or a fine of up to £9,306, BBC reports.

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Several states’ forest agencies have now ordered the closure of campgrounds, hiking and off-road trails that are considered high risk.

The search for survivors is still ongoing.

The landslide covered nearly an acre of land, local reports suggest

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The landslide covered nearly an acre of land, local reports suggestPhoto credit: Reuters
According to the fire department, nine people are still missing

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According to the fire department, nine people are still missingPhoto credit: Reuters

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