3 Myanmar nationals killed in Cameron Highlands landslide

Three farm workers were buried alive in a landslide after heavy rain. (Facebook pic)

IPOH: Three Myanmar nationals were killed in a landslide in Cameron Highlands, today.

The female victims of the early morning incident at Kilometre 78.8, Kampung 3, Terla, have been identified as Naing Vai, 23, and Mu Aye Aye, 34, while a 23-year-old male victim is identified as Aung Thong.

Pahang Fire and Rescue Department deputy director Mohd Sani Harul said the landslide occurred on higher ground and the victims who were taking shelter under a shed were buried alive.

“The shed could not be seen because it was buried under the rubble,” he said in a statement here today.

Further information on the incident will be provided by the department later.

Meanwhile, Cameron Highlands police chief Ashari Abu Samah said Aung and Naing were husband and wife while Mu was their friend.

He said the landslide happened around 3am following heavy rain since midnight.

Ashari said investigations revealed that all the victims, believed to be farm workers, were sleeping in the shed which was illegally built at the bottom of a steep slope.

“The landslide occurred due to the heavy rain and buried the hut,” he said in a statement.

He said police were alerted at 10.40am before a team of rescuers including from the Fire and Rescue Department rushed to the scene to conduct search and rescue operations.

“Upon arrival at 11.30am, the team found two of the victims had been pulled out by their friends but they were already dead.

“The body of the third victim was extricated at 1.20pm,” he said, adding that all the bodies were sent to the Tanah Rata Hospital for post-mortem.