Thousands forced to evacuate

Source: Malaysiakini.com Dec 6, 08 6:35pm

About 3,000 and 5,000 residents living around the vicinity of Bukit Antarabangsa, Selangor have been ordered to evacuate following a massive landslide which killed four people.

musa hassanAccording to Bernama, Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan said the residents have been told to leave their homes as reports showed that earth movement continued to take place.

However, the police chief – who visited the scene – said there are people who are refusing to do so.

“We urge the people living nearby to move out because it is reported that earth movement continues to take place,” Musa was quoted as saying by the news agency.

He added that the Selangor government had prepared temporary settlements for theresidents. Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim also visited the scene today.

ulu kelang bukit tinggi landslide 061208 04According to Bernama, the Malaysian Armed Forces’ engineering team was creating a pedestrian walk-way for the residents to move out from the area.

Third landslide in a week

The massive landslide which took place at 4am today buried 14 bungalows in Taman Bukit Mewah and Taman Bukit Utama in Bukit Antarabangsa, near Hulu Kelang.

As at 8.30pm, four bodies have been recovered while another person is still feared buried.

Three of the four who perished have been identified as veterinarian Dr N Yogeswary, 40, accountant Ng Yee Ping and Saiful Khas, 20. An Indonesian woman was pulled out of the rubble at around 7.30pm. Her identity has not been confirmed.

The landslide has cut off the access road to the residential area, trapping hundreds of people at Bukit Antarabangsa, but they were allowed to use Jalan Wangsa 9 as an alternative route later.

Electricity supply in the area was also reportedly disrupted following the landslide but it has been restored in selected areas that were identified to be safe this afternoon.

landslide bukit antarabangsa 03Bernama quoted a Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) spokesperson as saying that the areas where electricity was restored are Taman Kelab Ukay, Taman Kelab Ukay Utama, Taman Bukit Mewah and Riverdale Condo.

The TNB spokesperson said power supply will be restored to the other areas once search and rescue efforts are concluded.

The landslide area today was close to the site of the Highland Towers tragedy in 1993, which killed 48 people when one of the three condominium blocks collapsed.

The latest incident was also the third within a week after two sisters were buried alive in Ulu Yam Perdana, Selangor last Sunday and another landslide along Jalan Semantan, Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, forcing 300 people to evacuate two office buildings.