22 May '11, 10am

Malaysia grieves as landslide kills 16

A close-knit village on the outskirts of the Malaysian capital was grieving on Sunday for the deaths of 16 people, mostly children, after an orphanage was hit by a devastating landslide. As the search for bodies ended, a local lawmaker said the orphanage, situated at the foot of the steep hill from where the mudslip thundered down, had been built without official permission. Following heavy rain on Saturday, rocks, sand and mud swept through a tent where the orphans and some of their carers had been practising a drum performance at around 2:30 pm (0630 GMT), witnesses said. A policeman at the scene in Hulu Langat, south of Kuala Lumpur, told AFP 16 bodies had been recovered, including a 34-year-old carer. The ages of the others killed ranged from eight to 19 years old, while 10 people remain in hospital. "The search and rescue operation is over. We have completed our missi...

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