HULU SELANGOR (THE STAR/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A gym assistant who was buried during a landslide in Malaysia on Saturday (Nov 26) morning but lived to tell the tale is counting his lucky stars.
The landslide struck Taman Idaman in Serendah in the Hulu Selangor district.
Mr Muhammad Fareez Hanuddin was heading home on his motorcycle when the ground beneath him literally gave way and swallowed him up.
"I didn't hear anything, I didn't feel or see anything. Suddenly I was just falling," said the 21-year-old at the Sekolah Rendah Agama Serendah, which is being used as a temporary shelter.
Mr Muhammad Fareez along with his motorcycle dropped sideways into the crater and he was trapped in the mud. He blacked out shortly after.
"I went blank. I didn't know what was happening. I just felt my body becoming weak and I couldn't hear anything," he said.
Luckily for Mr Muhammad Fareez, some neighbours saw him falling into the mud.
Among those who came to his rescue were Ms Ain Syuhada and Mr Muhammad Nor Hisyam Abd Talib, who got married on Saturday.
Ms Ain Syuhada - who had lived in the area her entire life - was up late Friday night preparing bunga telur for the celebration the next day.
"I heard the explosion and then the house shook. But I didn't think too much of it because I was busy," she said.
Only when the 25-year-old heard someone shouting "tanah runtuh, tanah runtuh" did she realise something was seriously wrong.
They recounted how they, together with other neighbours, rushed to pull Mr Muhammad Fareez free.
Ms Ain said Mr Muhammad Fareez regained consciousness after water was splashed on his face.
He suffered a fractured left hand and was treated at the Selayang Hospital. He was discharged four hours later.
Mr Muhammad Fareez lost his motorcycle, wallet and mobile phone during the incident.
His mother, Ms Nur Azian Abdul Mutallib was in shock for a while when she realised it was her son who nearly died.
"My body just became cold. I'm so grateful he is safe. I don't mind if my house or possessions are damaged, as long as he is okay," she said.
The wedding of Ms Ain and Mr Muhammad Nor Hisyam hit a snag when authorities shut off water and electricity to the area.
The talk at the wedding also revolved around the landslide.
"But we are still happy because we are married," she said, adding that the landslide was an incident to be remembered.
The couple was concerned over the route they would have to take to get home or if they would even be allowed to enter their house.
"I don't think we are in the area where everyone has been ordered to evacuate," she said.
Ms Ain also hoped the authorities could assure them of their safety so they can continue living in the area.