Alert authorities if homes near landslide site show cracks, residents advised

The landslide in Jalan Kemensah Heights affected three bungalows and 12 townhouses. — MUHAMAD SHAHRIL ROSLI/The Star

RESIDENTS living near the Jalan Kemensah Heights landslide site in Ampang Jaya, Selangor, have been told to alert the authorities if they find cracks in their properties.

Kampung Kemensah Village Community Management Council (MPKK) Zohari Ahmad said unaffected residents living close to the site were told to be on high alert should their properties be affected by soil movement.

“This is just a precaution for them.

“The residents are worried and afraid that the soil movement may worsen and affect their homes.

“So, I have asked them to monitor their properties and inform the authorities stationed here if any cracks surface,” he said.

On Sept 17, a major landslide affected three bungalows and 12 townhouses involving 27 families.

A total of 103 residents were evacuated.

The Selangor State Disaster Management Authority declared the affected area as a disaster site.

Zohari said residents were unlikely to be allowed back to their homes in Kemensah Heights anytime soon.

“Currently, officers from various government agencies are still clearing and cleaning the site.

“They will need time to access and do remedial works.

“While most of the affected residents are staying with other family members, some had to stay put at a nearby community hall that acts as a disaster relief centre,” he said.

Zohari is thankful that neighbours and several non-governmental organisations have extended help to the affected families.

“They give out food baskets and other daily necessities to the families.

“Another NGO contacted me to channel some of its contributions to the families,” he said, adding that the NGO would be handing out the contributions today.

When contacted, an Ampang Jaya Municipal Council spokesperson said the council had yet to receive report of any new development regarding the landslide and would continue to monitor the situation.

On Sept 19, Environment and Water Minister Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said the Drainage and Irrigation Department would finalise plans for slope stabilisation and upgrading works at Sungai Kemensah estimated to cost RM10mil.

The project, he said, would be implemented to restore the river’s water flow that was obstructed following the landslide.

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