|Bangladeshi, Indonesian among three killed in Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands man-made disaster
Water released from a dam caused a river to flood in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia and killed three people. A teenaged Indonesian is missing and 80 homes have been destroyed.
Local media called the man-made disaster a “mud flood.’’
Authorities have recovered the bodies of an Indonesian woman and a Bangladeshi man who drowned when the Bertam River in the Cameron Highlands overflowed, police said.
A 17-year-old Indonesian girl is yet to be found, while at least 80 squatter homes along the river have been destroyed.
The water had been released from the dam following heavy rains.
The Cameron Highlands, a tea plantation region and former British colonial retreat that is popular with tourists, is known for its misty, rainy weather and steep hillsides.
Landslides in the area, some 300 kilometers north of the capital Kuala Lumpur, are common. A landslide in a village occupied by indigenous people killed seven in 2011.
Many foreigners from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nepal and other poorer countries in the region work in the tea plantations as well as vegetable and fruit farms.--AFP