Two men have died after being buried by a landslide near to Gunung Jerai (Mount Jerau) in Kedah State, Malaysia, on Sunday 22 March 2020. The men, identified as Roslan Saidin 52, and Mohd Noor Shaari, 68, were reportedly digging into a cliff face exposed by a construction site, when part of the hill above collapsed onto them at about 6.00 pm local time; their bodies were recovered the next time by a team comprising over 50 Human rescue workers and 8 Dogs.
A rescue team recovering the body of one of two men buried by a landslide in Kedah State, Malaysia, on Sunday 22 March 2020. Bernama.
It has been widely reported in the local media that the two men were digging for gold at the time of the incident. However, this seems unlikely as the area is not noted for gold production, with the nearest gold mining occurring in northern Kelantan on the opposite coast of Peninsula Malaysia. It is possible that the men were trying to extract less high value, but more practical, substances, such as clay for brickmaking or sand or gravel for use in the construction industry.