Drive with care at flood-prone stretches, motorists told

Ti (centre) leading a team to inspect the damaged stretch of the Bentong-Raub old road near Kampung Sungai Chetang.

RAUB: Motorists are reminded to drive with care when passing flood-prone stretches in view of the year-end monsoon season, says Senator Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker.

The Deputy National Unity Minister said of late, unpredictable weather saw the former mining town here being hit by heavy rainfall.

“This has resulted in flash floods and landslips in certain areas.

“I urge the people to be more alert, especially when driving at night on secluded roads and hilly terrain, ” he said after leading a team of officials on a site visit here.

On Monday, heavy rain damaged a 60m stretch of the Bentong-Raub old road near Kampung Sungai Chetang.

No one was hurt during the 9.15pm incident which also saw the affected stretch of road submerged in rainwater.

The damaged stretch has led to some small estate owners being unable to travel to their properties.

Ti, who is also MCA vice-president, said as a precaution and for the safety of road users, the stretch was cordoned off temporarily.

“The earth is exposed and may result in further landslips.

“After receiving complaints from residents of Kampung Sang Lee and Kampung Sungai Chetang nearby, I alerted Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof to send a team to conduct inspections, ” he said.

The team comprised district Works Department (JKR) engineers and staff of maintenance concessionaire Roadcare (M) Sdn Bhd.

Later, Ti was given a briefing on the remedial measures to be implemented to protect road users.

He said the district JKR had made an official request for emergency funds to undertake repair works as soon as possible.

He also said JKR advised residents there to use the alternative main Bentong-Raub federal road to commute to their villages.

The latest incident was the second to hit the area. Last year, heavy rain caused a similar landslip.

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