Landslide in Malaysia Buries 20 Oprhans and Their GuardiansMeredith Carroll
A landslide in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, buried 20 boys ranging in age from 8 to 17, and four adults at an orphanage on Saturday. According to police, dozens of rescuers were digging their hands in the wet soil to try and recover the missing.
The bodies of five boys were recovered, while six boys and an adult warden who were critically injured were rushed to the hospital.
It was heavy rain that caused the landslide in a rural village, and it is heavy rain that is hampering the effort by more than 200 rescue workers to find any more survivors.
“They just had lunch at the tent by the side of the house when two landslides apparently occurred at the same time. The tent collapsed, burying 24 people as they did not have time to escape,” the district police chief told The Associated Press.
“Rescuers have to dig using their hands and other equipment because the soil surrounding is very soft due to the rain,” he said, adding the search would continue for another nine children and three orphanage staff.
The orphanage is located in a three-story house at a foothill in village in Selangor. A warden told local media that the children were preparing to receive visitors when it occurred.