SEARCH ON FOR ELDERLY WOMAN BURIED IN KUNDASANG LANDSLIDE

16 Jul 2013 07:54

RANAU, July 16 (Bernama) -- A 78-year-old woman was believed to have been buried in a landslide at Kampung Mesilou, Kundasang near the base of Mount Kinabalu this morning.

Dohumie Kinte, who lived alone, was said to have been picking strawberries in her farm about 10.45 am when the disaster struck.

Ranau police chief DSP Abdul Rahman Kassim said a heavy downpour earlier this morning could have caused the collapse of the 500-metre slope next to the farm.

"She may be buried five to 10 metres deep and we are rushing to excavate the area with the help of more than 50 personnel from the police, Fire and Rescue, Civil Defence Department and villagers," he told reporters at the scene of the disaster here today.

Abdul Rahman said the landslide had also blocked the access road to the Kundasang Islamic Training Centre and a golf club but there was an alternative route leading to the surrounding villages.

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Meanwhile, Ranau Fire and Rescue station chief Mohammad Akramin Sakirun, said a fire engine and nine personnel arrived at the scene about 11.20 after receiving the distress call at 10.57.

He said the rescue operations had to be halted at 5.30 pm due to weather conditions and would be resumed at 8 am tomorrow.

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