EARTH movement has been reported in Taman Bukit Permai 2, less than 100m away from the site of the massive landslide that occurred here in March.
Residents said that they witnessed soil erosion on the damaged slope early Saturday (July 23) morning, which buried an excavator that was left at the site.
There was no damage to other property and no evacuation was reported.
Resident Mohd Sharif Jiran said he was alerted to the incident when he heard a loud noise coming from the site around 6.25am after finishing morning prayers.
“It was too dark to fully see what was happening, but about an hour later, I saw more soil movement,” he said when met at the site.
He said residents were worried as they feared another incident like the one in March which claimed four lives, and injured a victim.
Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) councillor Mohamad Samat said that immediate action is being taken to clear up the debris.
“A drain at the top of the slope was damaged during the soil erosion, which means that water is continuously falling into the exposed site.
“Once the contractors clear the debris, they will build a temporary drain to ensure there is no water seeping into the slope.
“Further mitigation measures will also be determined by the relevant authorities,” he said, adding the recent incident was triggered by heavy rain on Saturday evening (July 22).
He added that residents in Jalan Bukit Permai 1, who are living at the top of the slope, were not required to evacuate at this time.
“There is sufficient buffer between the houses and the slope, but we will wait for a full report from the authorities.”
Representatives from Ikram and MPAJ were at the scene when StarMetro visited the site.
Slope failure led to the massive landslide on March 10 and another on March 12, forcing the evacuation of residents from Taman Mega Jaya and Taman Bukit Permai 2.
Fifteen houses and 10 vehicles were also damaged.
The area was later declared a disaster zone, resulting in the evacuation of occupants of 48 houses in Jalan Teratai 1/2K, Jalan Teratai 1/2J and Jalan Mega 15.
On March 12, another landslide occurred at the same site and residents from a further 22 houses in Jalan Bukit Permai 1 were asked to evacuate.