21 May '11, 11pm

Death toll from Malaysia landslide rises to 16; police call off search and rescue operation

Death toll from Malaysia landslide rises to 16; police call off search and rescue operation

A general view shows a landslide that half buried an orphanage house in Hulu Langat outside Kuala Lumpur May 21, 2011. A landslide on Saturday hit the orphanage with about 30 residents and the bodies of six children have been recovered. -- PHOTO: REUTERS HULU LANGAT (Malaysia) - THE death toll from a landslide caused by heavy rains that hit a Malaysian orphanage has risen to 16, police said on Sunday, announcing the search operation was over. The incident took place at around 2.30 pm on Saturday at the Children's Hidayah Madrasah Al-Taqwa orphanage in Hulu Langat, just south of the capital Kuala Lumpur. A policeman at the scene said 16 bodies had been recovered, including a 34-year-old caretaker. The ages of the others killed ranged from eight to 19 years old. 'The search and rescue operation is over. We have completed our mission,' said a police officer at the scene, who ...

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