Piling being done to fortify landslide area

PILING is being carried out at the landslide area in Bukit Tunku, Kuala Lumpur, to prevent further soil movement.

Public Works Department (JKR) director-general Datuk Ahmad Redza Ghulam Rasool said tarpaulin sheets were also being used to cover the exposed soil.

“Tilt sensors will be installed in the area to monitor soil movement too,” he told StarMetro.

“We have assured the building owner that the structure is safe at the moment,” he said.

On April 25, a road leading to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Academy at Persiaran Tunku Syed Sirajuddin collapsed due to a landslide.

Authorities pointed to two possible causes – stagnant water due to a burst underground pipe and continuous heavy rain over the last few days.

The landslide destroyed a guardhouse at the entrance.

At least 76 people were evacuated. No one was injured in the incident.

A view of the area around Persiaran Tunku Syed Sirajuddin in Kuala Lumpur, after the landslide. — Photo courtesy of the Fire and Rescue department.A view of the area around Persiaran Tunku Syed Sirajuddin in Kuala Lumpur, after the landslide. — Photo courtesy of the Fire and Rescue department.

A check by StarMetro found the small road leading to the academy had been closed.

The Civil Defence Department, the Fire and Rescue Department as well as police have been stationed at the area.

Sentul OCPD Asst Comm Beh Eng Lai said a meeting would be held soon to discuss further remedial action.

JKR, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and the Mineral and Geoscience Department are among the agencies that would be involved, he said.

ACP Beh stressed that the area was off-limits to the public and that piling work was being done to strengthen the soil.

He said that just covering the exposed soil with tarpaulin sheets was not enough, as there had been landslips at the affected area since the first incident.

Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh, who is also Youth and Sports Minister, urged DBKL to allocate more manpower to monitor landslide-prone spots in her constituency.

“There are many hilly areas in Segambut. Last year, more than 100 landslides and landslips were reported here,” she said.

DBKL Corporate Planning director Zurida Hashim, when contacted, said the area near the academy was under JKR.

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