Two dead as landslide hits Malaysia orphanage

A landslide caused by heavy rains hit an orphanage in Malaysia on Saturday, killing two children and burying at least 21 others, a local lawmaker said.

The incident took place at around 2:30 pm (0630 GMT) at the Children's Hidayah Madrasah Al-Taqwa orphanage in Hulu Langat, just south of the capital Kuala Lumpur.

Che Rosli Che Mat, an opposition lawmaker with the conservative Islamic party (PAS) expressed shock over the tragedy.

"Twenty-three children under the age of 18 were buried in the landslide. Six have been pulled out with injuries while have two died. It is raining heavily now," he told AFP.

Che Rosli said the orphanage was located on a hill slope in his constituency, and it had been raining heavily in the semi-rural area for the past two days.

He said 100 people including officers from the fire department and police were involved in the rescue operation.

The tragedy struck when the children were practising the traditional Malay drums, "kompang" under a tent near a steep slope, he said.

"The landslide happened very fast. Only a few children managed to escape," he said.

Source: AFP

Other news