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Remains of fifth victim of Malaysian landslide found: police

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KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) — Malaysian police have found the remains of a fifth person killed in a landslide in Kuala Lumpur's up-market northeastern suburbs, more than two weeks after the disaster struck.

Central Selangor state police chief Khalid Abu Bakar told state news agency Bernama late Tuesday that the body was found in a hole under the rubble.

Police were unable to immediately identify the remains, but they were found around 50 metres (yards) from a bungalow where a Sri Lankan maid -- who is still officially listed as missing in the disaster -- worked.

Police said the body was found by a rescue officer called to investigate a stench coming from the rubble where clean-up work was under way.

Close to 1,000 evacuees have yet to be allowed home after the December 6 disaster amid fears of further structural collapses.

The landslide came after days of heavy rains in the area, which is prone to slippages. In 2006 four people were killed and 43 homes destroyed in a nearby suburb.

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