IPOH – A pregnant woman and her year-old son were killed and her husband fractured a leg in a landslide in Cameron Highlands today, police said.
M Nitiahwaty, 24, who was eight months pregnant, and R Rubeniswaran were buried alive in the landslide which occurred at a hill behind their house at Km46 Jalan Brinchang-Tringkap at about 5.30 am, said Cameron Highlands Police chief DSP Wan Zahari Wan Busu.
Nitiahwaty’s husband, V Raja, 41, was rescued by fire and rescue personnel, he said, adding that Raja was buried up to the chest and had fractured his left leg.
Raja and the bodies of Nitiahwaty and Rubeniswaran were sent to the Sultanah Hajah Kalsom Hospital in Tanah Rata, he said.
Wan Zahari said the family had tried to escape the landslide as it happened by trying to flee through a motor workshop in front of their house but the workshop door was locked.
“Raja works at the workshop and the family lived in a house made of wood and plastic behind the workshop.
“They tried to save themselves by running out through the workshop but the workshop door was locked and they were hit by the debris from the landslide,” he said when contacted.
Cameron Highlands Fire and Rescue chief Yusry Abdullah Sani said Raja was rescued at 7.15 am.
Rubeniswaran was removed from the debris at about 8 am and Nitiahwaty, about 30 minutes later. – BERNAMA