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13 flood-trapped timber workers airlifted out of jungle

DUNGUN, Dec 27 — The Fire and Rescue Dept. Thursday airlifted 13 timber workers out of the Hulu Kelamin jungle here where they were trapped for almost a week with food running short after their kongsi was cut off by floods.

The 12 men and one woman, looking exhausted and frightened, were flown out of Pasir Raja by a helicopter from the Subang Fire and Rescue Air Unit in Selangor at about 1.30 pm and brought to the Al-Muktafi Billah Shah Fire and Rescue Station here.

Subang Fire and Rescue Air Unit senior assistant superintendent Khairil Azuan Jamaluddin said the rescue operation was completed in 10 minutes but only after the helicopter was forced to land and wait in nearby Kampung Peneh owing to thick mist in the kongsi area.

Once the mist cleared, the helicopter landed near the kongsi and brought out the workers, he said.

One of the workers, Roslan Hamid, 52, said they contacted their employer after the floodwaters rose all of a sudden and were told to be patient as they would get help. (PNA/Bernama)

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