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‘Fallen tree’ turns out to be 500m-wide crater

Total wreck: Some of the damaged cars in the crater filled with debris and mud.

Total wreck: Some of the damaged cars in the crater filled with debris and mud.

HULU SELANGOR: His wife called him at work – he was on the night shift – to tell him “a tree had fallen” near their home in Taman Idaman, Serendah.

But when he arrived home, Mohd Fakhurrazi Yusof had a shock.

A huge part of his neighbourhood had been swallowed up in a massive 500m-wide crater, and his house was just inches away.

His bedroom window had a clear view of the gaping hole that left a neighbour injured and damaged 10 cars.

“I didn’t think of anything else, I just wanted to get my wife and two children out. My things are all just left inside,” said the 30-year-old distribution operator.

Mohd Fakhurrazi said that it was eerily silent when he came home, although others talked of the loud noises when the land collapsed.

He added that there were no loud crackling sounds of destruction but the sight of the neighbourhood road eaten away by mud and water was terrifying.

“We won’t come back here again. I have a phobia now,” he said.

The family will stay with relatives for the time being while the authorities sort out the damage.

Other residents are being housed temporarily at the nearby Sekolah Rendah Agama Serendah.

Taman Idaman resident Hazwani Hashim and her family were about to drive off when met by The Star team here yesterday morning.

The family of 10 only had their documents with them.

“We are very worried. The landslide is very close to our house. They asked us to leave so we are leaving as fast as we can,” she said.

Hazwani had woken up after hearing shouts from neighbours at about 1.30am.

“I could not see anything as it was very dark,” she said.

Mohd Mohd Nor, who runs the Taman Idaman surau, said a paved carpark and two roadside stalls were also destroyed in the landslide.

He pointed out there was an old tin mine just 500m away and the neighbourhood was built on reclaimed land.

“There’s been erosion before but nothing this big,” he said.

The 58-year-old retiree said most residents here were pensioners, including retired police or army officers.

He added that the landslide had put this easygoing neighbourhood on edge.

“I don’t know what to do with my house. Do you want to buy my house? It’s only RM1 million,” he asked reporters who spoke with him.

Nor Atikah Salleh, 31, said she was just about to fall asleep when she heard what sounded like trees falling.

“At first, I thought it was just a storm. When I looked out the window I saw the landslide,” she said.

She and her family fled with only the bare essentials.

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