3 Bangladeshi workers killed in Malaysia building collapse; 4 still missing: report
Three Bangladeshi workers were killed in a building collapse in Malaysia's Penang area yesterday.
Rescuers are still searching for four missing workers believed to be pinned under the rubble where a building under construction had collapsed around 9:45pm (local time), according to a report by The Star.
Penang deputy police chief Datuk Mohamed Usuf Jan Mohamad said so far rescuers have found five of them.
"A beam measuring about 12m long and weighing about 14 tonnes had fallen and knocked down 14 other beams in the incident at the site.
"There were 18 workers assigned to the site but nine of them had gone out for prayers at the time.
"So far we have identified three deceased victims, two who had died at the scene and another who died at hospital.
"Two other victims who suffered serious injuries have been sent to Penang Hospital for treatment.
"We believe there are four more victims still trapped under the collapsed structure," he said, adding that all workers are Bangladesh nationals.
Meanwhile, Penang Fire and Rescue Department deputy director Zulfahmi Sutaji said rescue efforts were difficult due to the heavy weight of structures involved at the scene, according to The Star's report.
"We need large machinery to remove heavy structures and access the victims.
"K-9 units have been called to help locate the victims at the site about the size of a basketball court," he said.
Initial reports by the local fire and rescue department was that at least nine workers were trapped under the rubble.