Two people were killed in a landslide at a tourist campground in Malaysia on Friday, and authorities said 51 more were presumed buried at the location on an organic farm outside the capital of Kuala Lumpur.
According to Malaysia’s fire and rescue agency, 79 people were at the campsite in Batang Kali, central Selangor state, roughly 50 kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur, when the disaster occurred.
Locals frequent the campsite, where they can pitch tents or rent them from the farm.
According to a fire department officer, a child and a mother were discovered deceased. The department said that three people were hurt while rescuers looked for an estimated 51 people who were missing. 23 more individuals have been rescued.
Norazam Khamis, head of the Selangor Fire and Rescue Department, said that firefighters started to arrive at the scene at 2.24 am, half an hour after getting a call for help.
According to the department, the landslide fell from a height of 30m and covered an area of around 1.2ha. It released images of rescuers sifting through earth and rubble in the early hours of the morning using torches.
The campsite is on an organic farm near Genting Highlands, a major tourist attraction featuring theme parks and Malaysia’s lone casino. Bernama shared a video of the rescued family with young children seeking sanctuary at a neighboring police station.