Indonesian embassy gathering info on citizens involved in Penang landslide

20 people feared trapped after landslide at a construction site in Penang

The landslide added to concerns in Penang about the pace of development, particularly near the island's hills, which critics say is damaging the environment and increasing the risk of such accidents.

The other 11, who included one Malaysian supervisor and workers from Indonesia and Bangladesh, were still unaccounted for late Saturday at the site in the Tanjung Bungah area, said local police official Anuar Omar.

Penang Fire and Rescue Department Operation Centre spokesman said the incident took place at a construction site in Lengkok Lembah Permai, Tanjung Bungah.

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Malaysian rescuers have a briefing at a construction site after a landslide in Penang, Malaysia, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017.

As at press time, three bodies have been recovered from the landslide.

They said the incident is believed to have happened when workers were working on the soil nailing process, to enhance the stability of the temporary slope facilitating the construction.

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Penang city Mayor Maimunah Mohamad Sharif said the cause of the landslide wasn't clear.

Most people trapped are suspected to be foreign construction workers employed at the site, fire officials said.

The rescue service officers are now scouring the territory of 160,000 square feet, searching for other victims, the news outlet said.

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As soon as the Bangladeshi victims are identified, the High Commission will make an arrangement to send the bodies home and then will try to realise compensation, Sayedul said.

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