Fourteen feared dead in Malaysia landslide

Malaysia: At least 20 workers buried in landslide at Penang construction site

Those trapped were identified as foreign workers from Indonesia and Bangladesh, including one Rohingya and one Pakistani, fire officials said in an update of the search.

The search and rescue operation for the victims of the landslide at a construction site at Tanjung Bungah has been temporarily halted.

Penang Fire and Rescue Department director Saadon Mokhtar confirmed the third victim was found at 1.15pm Saturday.

The state Fire and Rescue Department is leading the rescue operation along with federal and state agencies. One Malaysian, the construction site supervisor, was believed to be buried as well.

Northeast district police chief Anuar Omar, in a statement, said preliminary information suggested that some 20 people had been buried alive.

Most people trapped are suspected to be foreign construction workers employed at the site, fire officials said. "There was hardly time to do anything", he was quoted as saying.

She said the bodies of two dead were recovered from the scene, the first at 9.55am and second at 10.43am.

Penang city Mayor Maimunah Mohamad Sharif said weather on the island was dry and the cause of the landslide wasn't clear. "Hopefully, the search and rescue mission runs smoothly, let us pray together", Najib said in a note on his official Twitter account.

They added assistance will be provided to the family, while expressing condolences to the victims who have died.

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