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Workers buried alive in Miri landslide

MIRI, 16 Jan 2009: Two Indonesian petrol station workers were buried alive when a landslide hit their workplace here early today.

The search team dug into the rubble from 6.30am and found their bodies at 1.50pm.

The victims, known only as Endi, 28, and Ah Chiang, 22, were the only workers at the petrol station when the hill slope of Bukit Kanada here, collapsed and hit the station at about 1.10am.

Miri OCPD ACP Jamaluddin Ibrahim said police had earlier received reports from residents that there had been earth movements in the area.

Meanwhile, Miri disaster management committee chairperson, Datuk Ose Murang, reminded residents in Bukit Kanada and surrounding areas to be on the alert for further landslides.

Murang also instructed the Public Works Department and the Land and Survey Department to carry out checks on all residential areas in Bukit Kanada and nearby slopes.

He said a report on the matter would be submitted to state disaster management committee chairman Tan Sri Dr George Chan who is also the deputy chief minister. — Bernama


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