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The death toll rises to 31 after the landslide in a campsite in Malaysia

origin 1Rescuers carry a victim on stretcher after a landslide in Batang Kali. The number of deaths in connection with a landslide at a campsite has risen to 31 after the last missing person was found. Amirul Azmi/BERNAMA/dpa

The death toll has risen to 31 after a landslide at a campsite in Malaysia.

The last missing person was recovered on Saturday, state news agency Bernama reported, a boy between the ages of 7 and 12. His body was found in a sleeping bag more than 1 meter below the surface of the earth.

The Batang Kali campsite, about 50 kilometers north of the capital Kuala Lumpur, was hit by a landslide in mid-December.

The incident occurred not far from the Genting Highlands, a popular holiday region with tourists and known, among other things, for its mountain resorts.

A total of 61 people could be saved, some were injured. According to the authorities, the campsite managers did not have the necessary license.

The cause of the landslide may have been, among other things, “the accumulation of groundwater and high soil saturation” under the campsite, according to an investigation by the authorities. About 450,000 cubic meters of soil were moved in the landslide.

origin 1Rescuers carry a victim on stretcher after a landslide in Batang Kali. The number of deaths in connection with a landslide at a campsite has risen to 31 after the last missing person was found. Amirul Azmi/BERNAMA/dpa