GEORGE TOWN: Efforts are underway to retrieve the 11th and last victim buried in Saturday’s devastating landslide at Tanjung Bungah here.
The search and rescue (SAR) operation team have located the body of the sole Malaysian victim, identified as site supervisor Yuan Kuok Wern, 27.
At 7.03am this morning, the SAR successfully recovered the 10th body, that of Bangladeshi worker, Mohamad Monirul Islam. Yuan’s body, which was discovered just 10 minutes later, however, is pinned under much debris and is proving more difficult to retrieve.
“We will need at least another hour to recover the body.
“(It) is crushed by a steel pillar, so we are still unsure of the condition,” State Secretary Datuk Seri Farizan Darus told newsmen outside the construction site.
“The body of the (10th) victim, a Bangladeshi, was easier to retrieve, owing to its position,” he added.
Eleven men were buried and killed by the landslide when it struck the construction site just as work began on Saturday morning; while three workers managed to escape with injuries.
Northeast district police chief Assistant Commissioner Anuar Omar said police have recorded statements from the three surviving victims of the landslide who were treated at the Penang Hospital.
“We questioned them at about 5pm at the site yesterday. They are a Bangladeshi, a Myanmar and an Indonesian.
“Their statements will assist us in our investigation into the case,” he said.
Today marks the third day of the SAR operation.
Earlier yesterday, the Fire and Rescue Department revised the number of victims from the initial 14 down to 11, after checks revealed that three of the men escaped with their lives.