CAMERON HIGHLANDS: The sudden flash floods and landslides in Cameron Highlands on Christmas Day happened due to heavy rainfall and not because of illegal land clearing, says OCPD DSP Hasadid A. Hamid.
“Based on our investigations, no land clearing works were on-going in the areas affected by landslides and floods.
“The incidents were deemed a natural disaster. There was excessive rainfall on that day which lasted for a few hours,” he said yesterday after inspecting the Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) bungalow at Jalan Tengkolok in Tanah Rata.
On Christmas Day, floods affected the district police headquarters, barracks and a housing area in Jalan Masjid.
Landslides also hit the TNB bungalow, Oly Apartment and the Cameron Highlands-Tapah trunk road which blocked access near the Bharat Tea Plantation in Tanah Rata.
No casualties were reported.
Thirteen people staying at the TNB bungalow for the holidays escaped unhurt after the landslide hit part of the house and damaged four cars.
“Cameron Highlands is safe to visit. Although there is risk when it comes to hilly areas, the authorities are always monitoring the situation, including the hotspots.
“Places like Bharat Tea Plantations in Tanah Rata, Bertam, Kuala Terla and Kampung Raja are always monitored if it rains.
“Several agencies are also checking the slopes for soil movement and water runoff.
“Don’t trust viral messages and photographs spread through social media and always seek verification first.
“You can share information sent out by the government agencies. It’s a crime to spread false stories. If you need clarification, please check with us,” he added.