Monday, 12 November 2012

Landslide along riverbank in Bukit Jalil

Foto The Star
TWO houses were damaged by a landslide that occurred in Taman Esplanade, Bukit Jalil on Thursday night.

The incident, which occurred around 10pm, affected a 100m stretch of the banks of Kuyuh River that overlooks Kesas Highway.

The owner of one of the houses. Tan, 50, said she had mistakenly thought the landslide was thunder.

However, when her husband went to their backyard, he was surprised to find that the walkway behind their house had slid down to the river below.

“The rain was not even heavy. I am worried that the rainy season might make things worse,” said Tan, who had been living there for six years.

She said this was the first time such an incident had taken place in the area.

Soo, 45, a neighbour whose house was also affected by the landslide, said the family would be taking early precaution such as packing their bags and sleeping in the living room in case the situation got worse.

Soo said the construction of the LRT route could have caused the landslide.

“We are advised by the contractors to move out temporarily, but we have no place to go. We will only move out when it is necessary,” said the mother of two.

A worker at a nearby car wash outlet, Chin, 32, said he saw the trees at the slope moving.

“At first I thought it was only the wind but then I heard something fall. I went to check and was shocked to see that the land had slipped,” he said.

Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad media affairs manager Azhar Ghazali in a statement said the company would be assisting Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to stabilise the affected slope.

“DBKL will be advising on the stability and safety of the houses and a Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) substation that are very close to the area,” said Azhar.

He added that there were no construction activities carried out by its appointed contractor at the time of the landslide.

He also said that the the landslide was outside the right of way (ROW) of the Line Extension Project (LEP) for its Ampang LRT Extension Line.

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