Minor landslide hits parts of Penang Hill, railings damaged by boulder


GEORGE TOWN: A small boulder fell and damaged the railing of the steps leading up to Penang Hill here on Wednesday (Oct 7).

Penang Hill Corporation general manager Datuk Cheok Lay Leng said minor landslides occured below the playground area, the steps leading up to the playground and at the nearby Hindu temple due to strong winds and rain.

"A boulder came down near the steps and damaged the railing, but we covered the area with tarpaulin sheets to prevent further erosion over the rainy season. The Public Works Department (JKR) also helped to move the boulder,” said Cheok.

He added that the damaged railing will be examined once the weather has improved as repairs are needed.

"Once the weather improves, we will inspect other areas as well," he said when contacted on Wednesday.

Cheok urged hikers to avoid hiking due to the unpredictable weather, heavy rain and strong wind conditions.

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