BATANG KALI: The Unity Government will pay compensation amounting RM10, 000 to next-of kin of victims who died in the landslide incident that hit the Father’s Organic Farm campsite here early Friday.
Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said, other victims affected in the landslide will receive a compassionate aid of RM1, 000.
Anwar said the aid will be managed and distributed by the Selangor government, non- governmental organisations (NGOs) and other related agencies.
“I hope the aid can be distributed tomorrow (Saturday) and handled by Menteri Besar of Selangor (Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari),” he told the media after visiting the search and rescue (SAR) operation centre here.
Regarding the formation of a special taskforce to investigate the landslide incident, Anwar said he will wait for the reports from all related agencies that are involved in the SAR.
“The preliminary reports will come from Inspector-General of Police, Fire and Rescue Department and other related agencies involved. Let us study the reports before taking any action,” he said.
The Prime Minister extended his condolences to the victims and expressed his gratitude to all the personnel involved in SAR.
Anwar added, the SAR is still underway to look for the remaining 12 victims.
As of 8.00pm. a total of 21 bodies have been found from the scene including four children.
Earlier it was reported that 61 victims had been rescued and of out of which two were injured.
The incident happened on 16th Dec.2022 at 2.24am when the Selangor Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) received an emergency call on a landslide case at Father’s Organic Farm, Jalan Genting, Batang Kali.
The Bomba teams from BBP Kuala Kubu Bharu, BBP Rawang and BBP Genting Hghlands had reached the location at 3.04am.
According to the Fire and Rescue Department of Selangor, the incident happened at the road side near Father’s Organic Farm when the landslide had hit the campsite.
“The landslide occurred involving the height estimated at 30 meters covering the size of three acres. At 7.00am 79 victims who were at the campsite were involved in the landslide with 23 saved, two died, three injured and 51 others as yet to be found.
“The efforts to search and safe had been continued by the Fire and Rescue Teams and assisted by other agencies namely Voluntary Fire and Rescue Association, Private Fire and Rescue, Royal Police Malaysia (RPM), APM, Ministry of Health (KKM) and SMART Team,” said the Fire and Rescue Department of Selangor in its statement.- Malaysia World News