Reports say rescue operations are now underway with the Penang fire and rescue department revealing in a statement that two people so far have been pulled from the landslide, which occurred at a building construction site.
Penang Island City Council mayor Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif has confirmed the discovery of two bodies.
"The collapsed area was the basement space", he said.
A total of 14 victims were confirmed buried, where 13 of them are foreign workers, while another is a local resident.
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"I was operating the crane when suddenly the earth caved in". "There was hardly time to do anything".
Bangladeshi national Mohd Bulumulah Mohd Atelmullah, 47, was seen seated on a pathway in tears anxious about his nephew Nuralla Altapussh, 35, who is believed to be buried in the landslide.
"We have issued a stop-work order, pending investigations", she said in a WhatsApp message to FMT.
Officials say a landslide at a construction site in northern Malaysia has killed three foreign workers with rescuers searching for 11 others feared trapped in the mud and rubble.
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Mohammad Jashim Husseif Ahmad, 27, said there were about 20 people at the scene.
The Fire and Rescue Department found three bodies by 1pm.
Aside from projects near hill slopes, he also said the state should review all high density housing projects and change its high density housing policy to prevent any future tragedies.
Security forces conduct a rescue operation at a construction site after a landslide in Penang, Malaysia, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017.
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