CAMERON HIGHLANDS (Bernama) – Two more bodies have been found following Wednesday’s mud flood and landslides in the Cameron Highlands, raising to five the number of deaths in the tragedy.
The bodies of two Indonesian nationals, a man and a woman, were found buried near a landslide in Bertam Valley at 11.05am yesterday, said Cameron Highlands Police chief DSP Wan Zahari Wan Busu.
He said the dead, identified as Suwalis, 40, and Yunita, 41, were workers of a vegetable farm in Sungai Kabok.
The bodies were found buried in the debris still covered in blankets, he said.
“Police believe that the victims were asleep and did not realise there was a landslide.
“The bodies have been sent to the Sultanah Hajah Kalsom Hospital in Tanah Rata,” he told a press conference at the disaster operations control centre in Bertam Valley.
Meanwhile, the search and rescue operation was terminated at noon after police confirmed that no one else was buried in the landslide.
“However, the disaster operations control centre in Bertam Valley will remain open to monitor the weather and the release of water (from the Sultan Abu Bakar Dam),” he said.
The mud flood on Wednesday claimed the lives of student R Tunesh, 13, an Indonesian vegetable farm worker Anipan, 48, and a Nepali vegetable farm worker Md Yousuf Miya, 66.