Two dead, one missing in mud flood after water released from Cameron Highlands dam

The Star, 23 Oct 2013

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Two foreigners died, while another is feared missing when a mud flood occurred at Bertam Valley in Ringlet on Wednesday.

The water gushed down to the houses constructed on the state drainage and irrigation land from the Sultan Abu Bakar dam at about 1.00am when water was released from the dam as it had reached the danger level.

Cameron Highland OCPD Wan Mohd Zahari Wan Busu said a 51 year old local died on his way to the hospital in Tanah Rata after a heart attack due to the incident.

The two foreign workers dead are identified as Md Jahangir Alam, in his 30s from Bangladesh and Kesmat, 46 from Indonesia.

The man who suffered a heart attack is identified as Tam Tuck Choi.

Search and rescue team was still looking for 17-year-old Jarwati.

A total of 38 people have been placed at the Ringlet community hall.

He said as a result of the water released some 3km from the dam, some 10 kongsi houses located at the banks Sungai Bertam were totally destroyed.

Some 80 houses were affected due to the incident and SJK (C) Bertam located there was also closed.

Some 100 vehicles were also damaged.