Joy of new home ends in nightmare


IPOH: They moved into their new house last Friday. Two days later, the perimeter wall of their home collapsed in a landslide.

Freelance insurance agent Dina Liz Ismail, 37, said that part of the slope next to their house in Laluan Lapangan 3, Taman Sri Perkasa, gave way during a thunderstorm just before dawn yesterday.

“There was a blackout at our home at about 5am. We could see muddy water flowing on the road in front of our house and down the slope.

“At about 6am, the perimeter wall started to crack and then collapsed along with part of the slope and road.

“It was quite a scary moment for us as this was totally unexpected,” she said of the horror her family of five went through.

Dina Liz said the structure of the house was checked by the developer and it is still stable.

“The developer said it would repair the damage and put us up at a nearby homestay,” she said, adding that the repairs could take about two weeks.

A Fire and Rescue Department spokesman said they received a call at about 7am.

“Shortly after we arrived, we inspected the location to ensure that no one was hurt.

“We advised the affected house owner and two other residents living near the landslide location to vacate their homes for now,” he said.

Residents’ association chairman Datuk Zul Zukree Zakaria said he hopes the Ipoh City Council would view the matter seriously and take action before more incidents happen.

Former lecturer Noah Wong, who has been living in the area for almost a decade, said the roads outside their houses often flood whenever it rains heavily.

“It has become worse over the past year,” said Wong, 57.

Gopeng MCA vice chairman Cally Ting said she would try to find a solution to the constant flash floods there.

“We will meet with all the relevant parties, including the developer of the project and the mayor,” she said.

She added that 106 residents had collected signatures to be passed to the mayor, asking him to look into the issues here.

Former Ipoh city councillor Kok Pak Foo said there had been two landslides along the road in the area.

“I believe the drainage system can no longer accommodate the amount of water that flows through, especially when it rains heavily.

“Many new houses are also being built nearby,” said Kok, who is also a Gopeng MCA vice-chairman.

Ipoh Timur MP Wong Kah Woh said the pre-dawn downpour and thunderstorm caused several areas in his constituency to be flooded.

He said that these included Kampung Seri Kinta, Kampung Pasir Puteh and Taman Pengkalan Harapan, with more than 50 houses affected.

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