Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Temporary shelter built but no takers

A multipurpose hall which was converted into a temporary shelter for the victims of the Bukit Setiawangsa retaining wall collapse is lying empty.

All the victims have decided to stay with their relatives or in hotels.

A security guard at the hall said the place had been turned into an information centre by developer I&P Group Sdn Bhd.

She added that only a few people came to the centre to seek updates on the incident.

“I think the residents can easily afford better accommodation elsewhere,” she said yesterday.

A resident, Mohd Jamaluddin Baharudin, said he opted not to stay at the multipurpose hall centre as his only thought was to get his family to safety.

“I just want to stay away as far as possible. For now, my best option is to stay with my relatives,” he added.

Sentul deputy OCPD Supt Othman Abu Bakar said 234 people from 87 families affected by the collapse of the retaining wall had been evacuated from their homes and shoplots.

He added that so far, seven bungalows, 54 terrace houses and 13 shoplots had been declared vacant.

Seven of the 39 bungalows situated on top of the slope have been declared critical.

“Policemen are patrolling round-the-clock to prevent looting,” he added.

An Iraqi family, whose house was badly damaged, had moved out, said neighbour Datuk Seri Jamaluddin Jarjis, who is also Rompin MP.

He added that the developer had installed canvas covers on Saturday night to prevent erosion.

An alternative route for residents and motorists to bypass the wall has also been opened along Jalan Persiaran Setiawangsa.


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