Landslides block road to Fraser’s Hill


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 13 Nov 2003

BY NELSON BENJAMIN AND BEH YUEN HUI

KUALA KUBU BARU: The road heading to Fraser's Hill from here has been closed as incessant rain since Tuesday night had led to more than 10 landslides occurring. 

It was learnt that the road would only be opened in a few days' time, as there is just one truck – owned by a private contractor – to clear the mess. 

Furthermore, more landslides have taken place during yesterday's heavy downpour. At press time, the authorities have received 12 reports on landslides and road cave-ins. 

No injuries were reported. 

According to a worker who was clearing the road, nothing much could be done as it was raining throughout the day. The road was covered by tree branches and mud. 

REMOVING DEBRIS:Workers clearing tree branches and mud scattered on the road leading to Fraser ’s Hill from KualaKubu Baru yesterday.Visitors to the hill will have to take the Bentong trunk road until the road is reopened.

However, communication systems, and power and water supply on the hill were unaffected. 

It was believed that constant rains over the past week had caused the earth to loosen. There had been soil movement although some of the slopes had been fortified. 

The first landslide was reported at 10pm on Tuesday. The soil and mud had temporarily cut off road access to the hill. 

Visitors wanting to go to Fraser's Hill have to take the Bentong trunk road, which would stretch the journey by an additional two hours. 

“Business has been badly affected,” said restaurant owner Abdul Rahim. 

He said that during normal periods, about 30 cars would travel to the hill daily and that he had expected to see more visitors during the school holidays now. However, only three cars arrived at the hill through the Bentong trunk road yesterday, he added. 

“The extra food that I have prepared will be wasted,” Abdul Rahim said. 

A tourist, Alex Lee, said he had wanted to take his family for a vacation at Fraser's Hill but his plan was now messed up. 

“My two children are very disappointed as we only got to know about this when we reached here,” he said when met near the site of a landslide. 

In April last year, the road to Fraser's Hill was closed for 13 hours following a landslide.  

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