KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The sinkhole which appeared on Jalan Maharajalela here was caused by a burst underground pipe, says Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
DBKL Corporate Planning Department director Khairul Azmir Ahmad in a statement Monday (Nov 25) said repair works for the burst pipe and the affected road were completed by Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd contractors.
"The situation has recovered as at mid-day today and the affected car was removed with the help of the police," he said.
In the last night incident, a car driven by a woman fell into a three-metre square sinkhole at Jalan Maharajalela heading towards Jalan Loke Yew at about 11.35pm Sunday (Nov 24) night.
The 42-year-old driver was unhurt.
Meanwhile, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia geologist Prof Madya Dr Tajul Anuar Jamaluddin said sedimentation could also occur when there was limestone under a surface.
"The natural characteristic of limestone, which is soluble, makes it easy to form underground or subsurface cavities.
"When there are heavy loads on the surface, the cavities will collapse and form a sinkhole. The size of the sinkhole depends on the size of the cavity itself," he said.
Tajul Anuar said other factors that could cause a sinkhole were changes in underground water levels and shocks or vibrations.
"Therefore, it would be best for the relevant agencies to conduct detailed geophysics studies prior to building physical infrastructure to identify the underground cavities," he said. – Bernama