Sunday, June 16, 2013

Search for missing hawker called off - New Straits Times

17 June 2013| last updated at 11:29AM


Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the excavation works were halted on advice from a panel from the Institute Of Engineers Malaysia with the consent from the man's family members.


"The rescue team has decided to stop its operations as of this morning following discussion with IEM to ensure that the buildings to remain stable.


"An immediate remedial works to patch up and stabilise the crater with soil are underway," Lim told a press conference next to the site today.


Meanwhile, IEM Penang past chairman Datuk Lim Kok Khong, who is also state government technical advisory panel member in charge of the operations said the continuous digging in the crater would pose a threat to the nearby buildings.


Kok Khong said the excavation works in the crater this morning had unearthed the remnants of the crumbled Honda City buried seven meters underneath the road surface.


"It is also too risky to lift up the concrete slabs weighing up hundreds of tonnes as the excavators are unable to perform the task from so deep below


"Our immediate task is to stabile the gaping hole by pouring in soil and this process will take about three days," he said.


The wrecked portion of the vehicle unearthed from the crater. NSTP PIX
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