Bangladeshi workers feared trapped at Malaysian construction site landslide

Bangladeshi workers feared trapped at Malaysian construction site landslide

Two workers were found dead and 12 others were missing on Saturday after a landslide at a construction site on the popular Malaysian tourist island of Penang, officials said.

TWO workers have been killed in a landslide in Penang and at least 14 others are feared buried in the earth.

The Indonesian Embassy in Malaysia is gathering information on its citizens involved in the landslide at an affordable housing project site in Lengkok Lembah Permai, Tanjung Bungah, Penang today.

Penang city Mayor Maimunah Mohamad Sharif said the cause of the landslide wasn't clear.

The Fire and Rescue Department that is heading the search-and-rescue said the operation was halted at 8pm, and will only resume at 8am tomorrow.

Most people trapped are suspected to be foreign construction workers employed at the site, fire officials said. At present, 11 bodies are still trapped and are being recovered by the Fire and Rescue Department.

Malaysian rescuers have a briefing at a construction site after a landslide in Penang, Malaysia, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017.

Meanwhile, immigration police last Monday nabbed 113 foreign workers - 39 Bangladeshis, 40 Nepalese, 27 Pakistanis, two Indians and five Vietnamese - for not having proper travel documents, reports The Star, an English newspaper in Malaysia.

They added assistance will be provided to the family, while expressing condolences to the victims who have died. "It has not been raining for days on the island", she told reporters.

"We found out between 15 to 20 victims may be buried in the land slope estimated to be 10 metres and we have started search and rescue efforts", he said.