Lightning horror: Two killed, 22 injured in strike on mountain peak
REPORTS BY BEH YUEN HUI, FLORENCE SAMY AND JONATHAN CHEW
BENTONG: Two people were killed and at least 22 others injured when lightning struck a group of 31 campers atop the 1,683m Gunung Rajah, about 40km from here on Sunday night.
Pahang police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Ramli Yusof identified the dead as factory worker and team leader Mohd Nazim Ibrahim, 35, from Kepala Batas, Penang, and student Ahmad Shah Jaffar, 23, from Mempaga 3 here.
The group of campers comprised 27 men and four women. Nine were workers at a factory in Nilai, Negri Sembilan, 16 were students from the Pahang Professional Skills Institute (Ikip) in Kuantan and the other six were mountain climbing guides from here.
At press time, only two campers were still stranded on the mountain as failing light hampered helicopter rescue efforts. However, 18 rescuers, including Bentong OCPD Supt Mohd Noor Hakim Kassim, were on the mountain with the duo, one of whom is said to be injured.