What was supposed to be a jovial picnic outing for a family quickly turned into tragedy after a water surge occurred and swept them away along with their vehicles.
China Press reported that the incident took place yesterday (July 2) at the Jeram Mawar waterfall in Air Putih, Kemaman in Terengganu.
2 dead, 8 go missing in Kemaman water surge
Kemaman district police chief, Superintendent Hanyan Ramlan said in a statement that all 10 victims were aged 4 to 40 years old and were picnicking by the waterfall when the water surge occurred.
Two victims, identified as Azizah Eiyi, 40, and her son Muhammad Zulqarnain Haikal Karim, 11, were found dead by the authorities at around 12.45pm and 5pm respectively.
“The woman’s body was at about 24km from the scene of the incident, while her son’s body was found stuck to a tree at approximately 3km away,” he said.
Their bodies were later sent to the Kemaman Hospital Forensic Unit, where they were identified by family members.
Meanwhile, authorities are racing against time to search for the remaining eight individuals who have gone missing.
They are Karim Abdullah, 39; Putri Balqis Izzati Abdul Rahman, 18; Putri Alleya Maisarah Karim, 16; Putri Nor Fatin Karim, 14; Putri Nurerina Natasya Karim, 10; Muhammad Haziq Ziqree Karim, six, Putri Aryana Umaira Karim, four, and Putri Balqis Izzati’s fiance, Muhammad Fikri Saliman, 24, reported Harian Metro.
Rescue operations are expected to continue all throughout today in three phases after it was halted due to rainy conditions.
We hope the authorities will be able to find the rest of the victims and we send our deepest condolences to those who tragically lost their lives. RIP.