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Malaysia: At least 8 dead, dozens missing in landslide (Video)

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The landslide, in Selangor state, about 50 kilometers from the capital Kuala Lumpur, happened at around 03:00 (local time; yesterday Thursday at 21:00 Greek time) on the side of the road near an organic produce farm that also offers camping space. the fire department said.

A landslide engulfed most of a camp in Malaysia early this morning, killing at least eight people, authorities said, while more than 50 others were rescued and the search continues for dozens of people missing under mud, debris and fallen trees. .

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The landslide, in Selangor state, about 50 kilometers from the capital Kuala Lumpur, happened at around 03:00 (local time; yesterday Thursday at 21:00 Greek time) on the side of the road near an organic produce farm that also offers camping space. the fire department said.

Out of a total of 92 people who were there, 53 have been found and are safe, the national disaster agency said on social media.

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According to the same source, there are seven injured. It is not clear how serious their condition is.

The landslide occurred from a height of about 30 meters, from a hill overlooking the campsite, according to the director of the fire department in Selaghor.

“I pray that the missing are found soon and are safe,” Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change Minister Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said on Twitter, adding that he would travel to the site of the disaster later in the day.

The area where the landslide occurred, in Batag Kali Municipality, is known for its resorts, waterfalls and overall natural beauty.

Photos of the farm, which offers a place for hikers to stay, posted on Facebook show a large area where tents can be set up.

Selangor, Malaysia’s richest state, has experienced landslides in the past, often attributed to deforestation.

Malaysia is in the rainy season, but there had been no rainfall before the landslide.

A year ago, about 21,000 people were displaced by floods in seven Malaysian states.

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