Malaysian landslide buries orphanage children
A landslide in Malaysia has killed two children and may have buried at least 21 others after hitting an orphanage near the capital, Kuala Lumpur.
Six children have been pulled out with injuries after the landslide, which took place at about 1430 local time (0630 GMT) on Saturday.
A local lawmaker said the area had suffered heavy rain for two days.
About 100 people, including emergency officials, are involved in the rescue effort, he said.'Very fast'
The incident occurred at the Children's Hidayah Madrasah al-Taqwa orphanage in the district of Hulu Langat, south of Kuala Lumpur.
"Twenty-three children under the age of 18 were buried in the landslide. Six have been pulled out with injuries while have two died. It is raining heavily now," Che Rosli Che Mat, an opposition lawmaker, told AFP news agency.
He said the disaster had occurred while the children had been practising the traditional Malay drums under a tent near a steep slope.
"The landslide happened very fast. Only a few children managed to escape," he said.
A district police officer told AP news agency that continuing rains were hampering rescue operations.