Difficult Search for Victims Buried in Rockfall Rubble 

Movement of smaller rocks is still detected at the quarry rockfall area at Keramat Pulai, Simpang Pulai, causing the search operation for victims to be delayed.

In the incident which occurred at 9.15am on Tuesday, March 8, the two victims believed to be buried in rubble are Itam Lasoh, 43, and Kheow Loo Siew Soon, 49.

Another victim was injured and sent to Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital while another sustained minor injuries.

Spokesperson of the state fire and rescue department informed that following that, the rescue team would perform reassessment at 1pm.

According to the spokesperson, it was to review strategies and operation tactics to be carried out.

“Soil movement and small rock slides are still detected at present.

“The search team is still waiting for the small rockslides to stop as every soil movement is a sign of an upcoming big collapse.”

Surveillance was also done using drones.

The search operation for the two victims now enters day three. 

The parties involved in the rescue include the Special Tactical Operation and Rescue Team of Malaysia (STORM), Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (SMART) and the police.

Also dispatched are the firefighter’s K9 Unit, Drone Unit of the fire and rescue department (JBPM), the Land And Mines Office and the State Department of Mineral and Geoscience.


Rosli Mansor


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