Perak Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu expressed his condolences to the families of two victims who were found buried alive and succumbed to fatal injuries caused by a landslide that struck a luxury resort in Tambun earlier today (November 10).
According to him in a media statement released today, soil movements were still detected at the location of the landslide.
“Officers from the State Minerals and Geoscience Department were sent to monitor the situation and propose steps to stabilise the slanting structure.
“The state government conveys their highest appreciation to all rescue teams who worked tirelessly to locate the remains of the victims,” Faizal said. “Hopefully, tragedies like such will never happen again in the future.”
Earlier today, a landslide occurred at The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, where two bodies were found buried alive.
A spokesperson for the State Fire and Rescue Department said that an emergency call regarding the landslide was received around 1.28am today.
“A team from the Ipoh Fire and Rescue Station was immediately deployed upon receiving the information,” he stated.
The victims were identified as Ooi Chee Wai, 39 and his wife, Lee Tze Juin, 32.
Deputy police chief of Perak, Datuk Goh Boon Keng added that the police received a call regarding the incident at around 2.15am.
“The operation was carried out immediately, but due to detections of soil movements, the search resumed later at 7am,” he mentioned.
The landslide was believed to have been triggered by continuous downpours since yesterday.
The victims’ remains have since been sent to Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun Ipoh for post-mortem operations.