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Batang Kali landslide toll rises to 26

Search and rescue workers found the body of an adult male this morning.

Bernama
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Rescue workers work with sniffer dogs at the site of a deadly landslide as they search for survivors in Batang Kali, Selangor, Dec 17. Photo: AFP
Rescue workers work with sniffer dogs at the site of a deadly landslide as they search for survivors in Batang Kali, Selangor, Dec 17. Photo: AFP

Search and rescue workers found another body at the site of the Batang Kali landslide today, taking the death toll from the tragedy to 26. 

The fire and rescue department said the body of an adult male was found at 11.16am.

A total of 61 victims have been rescued so far from the 94 reportedly staying at the campsite on the night of the landslide which occurred last Friday. 

Seven are still missing. 

The fire and rescue department said the search and rescue team would continue its efforts to find those unaccounted for.

In a press conference at the scene, Selangor Fire and Rescue Department assistant director Hafisham Mohd Noor said the man was found buried under 1m to 5m of debris in the sector, hugging a dog.

The rescue team also found the remains of another dog not far from the victim.

"Most probably he was camping at Sector A (Hillview) and was washed away by the landslide to Sector B (Farmview).

"I believe that there are no more victims in Sector B, so we will focus our search on Sector C and A," he said.

Meanwhile, Hulu Selangor police district chief Suffian Abdullah said the man's body had been taken to Hospital Sungai Buloh for post-mortem.

The remains of the dogs meanwhile have been handed over to the Veterinary Services Department.

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