A retaining wall in Bandar Damai Perdana, Cheras gave way during heavy rain, causing a landslide beneath several hillside houses on Saturday.
Residents said a few blocks of the wall, located along Jalan Damai Perdana 8/1C, became loose on Saturday morning, spilling onto a nearby street.
“It happened during the rain at 7pm. The wall just collapsed,” said housewife Liew Huey Ming, 50.
Pointing at a gaping hole in the wall several metres wide just in front of her house, she said by 11pm, the situation worsened.
Liew, who has lived there for five years, said this was the first time a landslide had happened.
Sales manager and resident Yap Wai Kung, 44, said he heard a loud boom during heavy rain on Saturday night.
“It was like a bomb blast,” he said, adding that he could not sleep following the incident.
A visit by The Star saw sandbags being used to cordon off the hole and cracks in the road, and workers covering the exposed soil with plastic sheets.
The landslide came just two weeks after a similar one occurred near Alam Damai at a construction site 2km away.
The Star reported in 2013 that cracks had appeared in houses about 200m from the current location.
At that time, the township’s developer Mahajaya Bhd had said that the cracks were caused by soil movement.
Mahajaya spokesman Jackie Tan said it had engaged a consultant, adding that rectification work would start by today.
“We don’t believe that it’s because of (earth) movement. Some factors have aggravated it but we’re still checking,” she said.
Three of the households living on the affected street would be temporarily moved into nearby bungalows, added Tan.