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Nine confirmed dead in Penang landslide

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Search and rescue workers have recovered the body of a ninth victim who was buried under a landslide at a construction site in Tanjung Bungah, Penang.

Bernama reported that the ninth victim, a Bangladeshi, was found near that of the seventh victim and was discovered at 9.56am today.

Three other victims were also from Bangladesh, while three were from Myanmar and two from Indonesia.

It was initially believed that 14 workers were buried by the landslide.

However, Berita Harian reported that three of the 14 workers who were on the worksite at the time managed to escape.

This was confirmed by Fire and Rescue Services Department assistant director-general (operations and rescue) Edwin Galan Teruki.

Edwin was quoted as saying that the three survivors, two from Bangladesh and one from Myanmar, were being treated at Penang Hospital.

With the ninth victim found, only two workers remain unaccounted for.

The search effort, which was called off in the wee hours due to difficult working conditions, resumed at 8am today.

Apart from the Fire and Rescue Department, the Civil Defence Force, the Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (Smart) and Rela are also involved in the search.

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