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Orphanage Engulfed by Malaysian Landslide, 5 Dead


A rescuer uses a construction machine to search for the bodies believed to be buried by a landslide in Hulu Langat in central Selangor state, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 21, 2011.

A rescuer uses a construction machine to search for the bodies believed to be buried by a landslide in Hulu Langat in central Selangor state, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 21, 2011.

Police, firefighters and villagers are desperately digging through the mud and muck after a deadly landslide tore down a hillside outside the Malaysian capital, burying 20 orphans.

Officials in Hulu Langat, just south of Kuala Lumpur, said heavy rains triggered the landslide, which engulfed part of the orphanage and also trapped four adults.

They said five bodies had been pulled from the mud but that at least another six boys had survived and were pulled out alive.

Officials said at least 100 people are continuing to search for the rest of the orphans and staff members, who are still buried.

One lawmaker said the landslide happened very quickly, giving the children little time to escape.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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