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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

Landslide at Bukit Antarabangsa after downpour

THE unusual downpour on Sunday wreaked havoc in several areas in Ampang with landslides and flash floods reported.

A landslide in the Riverdale Park Apartments (Block B) in Bukit Antarabangsa caused a scare with residents although there were no casualties or structural damage.

Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) press relations officer Norhayati Ahmad said about RM70,000 was needed for remedial works, including clean-up works and building a rubble wall.

She said the council would discuss with the state government if a special allocation could be given to the joint management body (JMB).

“Preliminary checks by MPAJ showed that the cause of the landslide was the result of surface run-off that flowed directly onto the surface of the slope.

“This situation was made worse by the absence of a cut-off drain on the surface of the slope to drain the runoff water. A wall located 3m below the slope had also given way,” she said.

Norhayati added that MPAJ had discovered that the toe drain was old and had broken off while the weep holes (small opening that allow water to drain from the slope) had been clogged by weed and dirt.

During the incident, a 25m landslide occurred at about 4pm after heavy rains.

Resident Norhayati Jantan, 39, said she and her family were at home when they heard a loud sound at the back of the house.

“We thought it was just thunder, but we were shocked when we saw it was a landslide. Luckily, only my air-conditioner compressor was damaged.

“However, we were advised by the Malaysian Civil Defence Force (JPAM) to move out for the time being in case there was any soil movement,” she said.

MPAJ councillor Ahmad Sabri Abu Bakar said he had asked that the exposed area be covered with canvas.

“MPAJ will continue to monitor the site. In the meantime, I will discuss with the council on how we can help the JMB to raise the necessary funds to stabilise the slope,” he said.

In Taman Bukit Teratai, 17 homes were inundated by a mud flood when a retention pond at the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) work site gave way.

MPAJ councillor Mohammad Samat said the pond had not been built according to guidelines.

“MPAJ has issued a stop work order while mitigation works are carried out. The project developer, must take responsibility for the damage caused to the residents’ homes,” he said.