What caused the Batang Kali tragedy?

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In the early hours of Friday (Dec 16), people were sleeping at a campsite near Genting Highlands in Malaysia when a massive landslide struck, killing 24 men, women, and children.

Survivors claim they heard a lound sound like thunder that grew louder and then happened very quickly.

They recall that the loud bang was caused by the rocks falling.

According to some survivors, they were camping with 40 others when the landslide hit, destroying a hillside above Father’s Organic Farm in Batang Kali.

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Some awake people saw what happened and crawled out of the shaky land mass to safety.

It was a muddy mess with downed trees and other debris, including mangled tents where people were sleeping.

After receiving distress calls, the search and rescue teams arrived half an hour later.

Batang Kali – the landslide

There were 94 people caught in the landslide, with 61 surviving so far. There is a story of injuries and other traumas among the survivors.

A pregnant woman was among those taken to the hospital. Her health status was determined to be stable.

Another person sustained facial injuries and a dislocated hip.

A victim with suspected spinal injuries was taken to Kuala Lumpur Hospital.

At least 25 people were killed, including 7 children.

The campsite operator, Father’s Organic Farm, stated that 51 adults and 30 children were registered.

Batang Kali – no permit

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Landslide: Cops take statements from campsite operator, workers

Then came word that the site had been given ‘permission’ to operate despite the fact that they did not have a proper permit.

Given the lack of oxygen and the weight of mud pressing down on the site, authorities believe the chances of finding more survivors are slim.

This is part 1 of the story. Part 2 coming soon.

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