More than 20 students in an orphanage motivational camp were buried Saturday afternoon in a landslide in Hulu Langat near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As of the time of writing, 12 dead bodies have been recovered already by rescuers.
The hashtags #landslide, #orphanage, #langat, and #hulu have dominated the local twittersphere in Malaysia as netizens express their sorrow over the tragedy. Here are sample tweets asking for donations, volunteer efforts, and instructions for motorists:
@MrAbooDin: RT @zaimjazmani: They need HELP!!! Contact En Naza (017-3280013) help Hulu Lgt landslide victims.need torch lights,waterproof canvas,blankets,freshwater,etc
@ariffshah: RT @popmyberry: We will donate 25% frm sales of accessories n services 2 the Hulu Langat orphanage starting tmrw..please RT!
@popmyberry: @yunamusic we're doing a charity drive for the Hulu Langat orphanage by donating part of our sales ..@iamjetfuelshop nak join ? :D
@Pecicilan: Pls do not go to Hulu Langat if you are not part of the rescue mission as they need clear roads n they need to work fast
@vijaysaravanen: Too many visitors are blocking access for the rescue mission in Ulu Langat with their cars. Politicians also pls stay out. Let ppl do job
Most tweets reflect the sadness of many Malaysians today:
@RodgerMY: RT @prasys: I'm kinda upset with Hulu Langat landslide that killed orphans. I would have been happy if it was politicians who died – Why God ? Why..
@TaritaFarzira: Can't bear to read the news about the Hulu Langat landslide. Ain't in denial but the rising death toll just breaks my hear
@malaychic: Mom just called. Crying. It really gets to her whenever something like this happened, especially to orphans/ orphanage.
@jessejoy: my thoughts and prayers to all the landslide victims in Hulu kelang. the rescue team are doing their best.
While the world was busy discussing the ‘end of the world,’ Malaysians mourned the death of innocent children in an orphanage camp:
@Zu878: @nursamad Happy that #IfTheWorldEndsOnSaturday didn't happen..but its a
very sad day w/ landslide at orphanage in Ulu Langat. Al Fatihah.
@onenonlyJW: RT @euricko: It may not be the end of the world, but it is the end of probably 15 lives at the Hulu Langat orphanage. http://bit.ly/mgKaZs (expand) Pls pray.
The Starbucks Lover asks for donations:
To those who wish to lend a hand, you can do so by contacting En.Naza (017-3280013) and bring along torch lights, waterproof canvas, blankets and fresh water. Rest in peace to the lost ones and all the best to the rescue team to find the missing people who might got buried in the landslide.
On Facebook, Yatie Kay is disappointed with politicians:
My condolences to the orphans involved in d landslide tragedy in hulu langat but it is very sad to see the politicians using the incident to get airtime.
Sathish Kumar Batumelai believes it was not a natural disaster:
9 kids killed at Rumah Anak Yatim Hidayah at Hulu Langat. Why we have landslides? This is not natural disaster..they are killed by greedy people around..my prayers and thoughts for them..