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Malaysia says landslide that killed 31 people last year was caused by heavy rain, not human activity

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian government investigation has concluded that a landslide that killed 31 people at an unlicensed campground last year was caused by persistent heavy rainfall, not human activity. Ninety-two people were sleeping at a campsite on an organic farm when soil and debris crashed down from a road above and covered about 3 acres of the site in central Selangor state. Most of the campers were families enjoying a year-end vacation, and 13 of the 31 dead were children. Authorities said the operator had a license for the organic farm but no permit to run the campsite. The government said more than 4 1/2 inches of rain fell in the preceding five days.

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