Pearl Hill rockslide being cleared three days later


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 09 Nov 2016

Workers clearing the road after the rockslide in Pearl Point, Penang

GEORGE TOWN: About 10 mid-sized boulders, earth and sand crashed down from a hill slope onto the road in Pearl Hill, an upscale neighbourhood in Tanjung Bungah, on Monday.

But Public Works Department was so bogged down with the Teluk Bahang landslide on Monday that staff could only clear the landslide in Pearl Hill on Wednesday.

"We heard the earth and sand rush down and when the boulders fell, it was thunderous," said resident Dr Sally Ong, 70.

The rockslide happened directly in front of Dr Ong's home and it was the third time. The first happened about 20 years ago and the second time was over 10 years past.

She said the incident occured early Monday, which was about the same time a landslide and road collapse had cut Teluk Bahang's main access route to the rest of the island.

A check by The Star showed a massive side of the sheer drop had slid down, exposing giant granite boulders.

There are more earth, small trees and overgrowth clinging to the sheer drop and Dr Ong hopes the authorities will quickly start remedial work to stop more landslides from occurring.

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