Massive landslide at Bukit Antarabangsa at 4 a.m. this morning

Tanah runtuh di Bukit Antarabangsa pukul 4 pagi ini

Extra: Malay Mail here has a report on yesterday’s landslide at Jalan Semantan, Damansara. Luckily there was no loss of life.

My worst fear had been confirmed and my condolences go out to the families that have lost dear ones in this latest tragedy. I urge the relevant authorities to do all they can to save lives that can be saved and take further measures to prevent more losses at this site and possibly elsewhere.

Since the beginning of the continuous rainfall for umpteen weeks, for sometime now I have had this feeling that there would be mishaps soon connected with hill slopes. Then came the news this morning of Bukit Antarabangsa. I feel sad and lousy that it happened because, since I have been elected MP, I have been especially vocal about new hillslope developments that are dangerous and  that contravene local building guidelines. To say I am upset now is to put it mildly. I am angry … I am so angry that I will continue to take the authorities concerned to tasks for recklessly approving hillslope developments that could endanger lives and properties!

Tambahan: Akhbar Malay Mail membuat laporan mengenai kejadian tanah runtuh di Jalan Semantan, Damansara. Nasib baik tiada kehilangan nyawa.

Apa yang saya paling takuti telah berlaku dan saya mengucap takziah kepada mana-mana keluarga yang mengalami kehilangan anggota dalam kejadian terbaru ini. Saya menyeru pihak berkuasa yang berkenaan membuat apa sahaja yang boleh untuk menyelamatkan nyawa dan menagambil tindakan mencegah lagi kehilangan nyawa di sini dan tempat-tempat lain.

Sejak bermulanya musim hujan, saya rasa akan terjadi peristiwa bergini di kawsan bukit. Kemudiannya muncullah berita mengenai Bukit Antarabangsa pagi ini. Saya rasa sedih dan murung kerana, semenjak dipilih sebagai WR, saya dengan lantang membantah pembinaan di kawasan bukit yang bahaya dan bercanggah dengan garis panduan pembinaan. Jika dikatakan saya kecewa adalah kurang tepat kerana saya sangat marah dan saya akan terus menyelar pihak berkuasa berkenaan kerana meluluskan projek kawasan bukit secara tidak bertanggungjawab dan ini akan merbahayakan nyawa dan harta!

Berita terkini di Malaysiakini

Trajedi tanah runtuh: 4 terbunuh, lebih ramai ditanam

Tanah runtuh besar telah berlaku pukul 4 pagi hari ini menyebabkan 8 rumah banglo di Taman Bukit Mewah dan Taman Bukit Utama di Bukit Antarabangsa, Selangor ditanam oleh tanah runtuh. 4 mayat dijumpai dan 7 orang lagi dikhuatiri masih di tanam.

3 daripada 4 mayat adalah wanita. Mereka adalah ibu berusia 30 tahun, bayinya berusia 2 bulan dan pembantu rumahnya.

Pasukan bomba dan penyelamat di tempat kejadian dan bersedia untuk keadaan yang lagi teruk. Mayat yang dijumpa dan 15 orang yang cedera telah dikejarkan ke Hospital Kuala Lumpur.

Tanah runtuh ini memutuskan jalan ke kawasan kediaman danmemerangkap ratusan orang di Bukit Antarabangsa di Hulu Klang

Azmin Ali, ADUN Bukit Antarabangsa memberitahu Malaysiakini menerusi telefon bahawa pasukan penyelamat sedang berlumba dengan masa menyelamatkan mereka yang terperangkap dalam timbunan tanah dan rumah.

Beliau menyatakan bahawa peralihan tanah masih berterusan dan bekalan elektrik kepada beberapa kawasan perumahan di Bukit Antarabangsa telah terjejas.

Beliau menambah bahawa dia bergegas ke situ pukul 4.30 pagi apabila dimaklumkan mengenai peristiwa ini.

Ketua Polis Selangor Khalid Abu Bakar yang berada di situ untuk menerajui kerja penyelamatan memberitahu pemberita bahawa penghuni seramai 3,000 hingga 5,000 terpaksa dipindahkan.

Menurut Bernama, sejumlah 160 anggota polis, tenteray, Majlis Perbandaranl (MPAJ) dan pegawai perubatan terlibat dalam kerja penyelamatan. Lebih daripada 10 ambulans boleh dilihat di situ.

Bernama juga melaporkan bahawa salah satu banglo dimiliki oleh Mohamed Thajudeen Abdul Wahab, setiausaha sulit utama kepada perdana menteri

Thajudeen dan keluarganya selamat kerana tidak berada dalam rumah.

Laporan saksi

Peniaga Hassan Saad, 48, memberitahu Bernama bahawa pada pukul 4 pagi semasa dia sedang menonton televisyn, dia terdengar suara macam anin kencang tetapi dia rasa tiada angin dan poko tidak goyang. Dia kembali menonton TV tetapi tiba-tiba terdengar letupan umpama bom. Dia lari keluar rumah dan nampak tanah runtuh daripada bukit terus ke atas rumah jirannya.

Hassan kata dia melaung kepada keluarganya supaya bangun dan juga jirannya supaya menyelamatkan diri. Keluarganya yang jumlah 10 orang termasuk ibu mertua dan 2 saudara dapat menyelamatkan diri.

Sementara itu, seorang yang hanya hendak dikenali sebagai Chong, berkata bahawa anak perempuannya dan cucunya berusia 2 bulan telah ditanam hidup-hidup dan anaknya masih hilang pada pukul 9 pagi.

Dia kata bahawa dia telah melawat mereka pukul 11 malam dan telah pulang tetapi dimaklumkan oleh anak jirannya bahawa rumah anaknya ditanam oleh tanah runtuh.

*Terjemahan oleh Lee Wee Tak – Ucapan ribuan terima kasih dari Wee Choo Keong

For today’s breaking news, Malaysiakini has the report …

Landslide tragedy: 4 killed, more buried

Dec 6, 08 8:41am
A massive landslide at 4 this morning buried eight bungalows in Taman Bukit Mewah and Taman Bukit Utama in Bukit Antarabangsa, Selangor. Four bodies have been recovered and seven people are still feared buried.

MCPX

Three of the four bodies recovered were women. They are a 30-year-old mother, her two-month-old baby and her maid.

bukit tinggi landslide c 061208Fire and rescue officials at the scene are expecting the worst. The bodies recovered and some 15 others who were injured have been rushed to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.

The landslide has cut off the access road to the residential area, trapping hundreds of people at Bukit Antarabangsa in Hulu Klang

Azmin Ali, the state rep for Bukit Antarabangsa told Malaysiakini over the phone that rescuers are now fighting against time to reach those trapped under the mud and rubble.

He said earth movement continued to take place and that electricity supply to several housing estates in Bukit Antarabangsa was disrupted.

The politician said he rushed over to the scene at 4.30am soon after he received word of the landslide.

bukit tinggi landslide 061208Selangor police chief Khalid Abu Bakar who was at the scene to direct rescue efforts told reporters that a total of 3,000 to 5,000 residents in the vicinity of the landslide have to be evacuated.

According to Bernama, a total of 160 police, army, Ampang Jaya City Council (MPAJ) and medical personnel are involved in the search and rescue operation. More than 10 ambulances were spotted at the scene.

The news agency also reported that one of the affected bungalows is owned by Mohamed Thajudeen Abdul Wahab, the principal private secretary to the prime minister.

Thajudeen and his family are safe. They were not at home at the time of the incident.

Accounts of eyewitnesses

An eyewitness, businessman Hassan Saad, 48, told Bernama that he was watching television in his sitting room at 4am when he heard what sounded like strong wind but when he looked out, the air was still and the trees were not swaying.

He returned to watching the TV but suddenly he heard an explosion like that of a bomb. He ran out of the house and saw the earth sliding down the hillslope and hitting his neighbour’s house in front.

Hassan said he shouted to wake up his family and alert his neighbours to run for their lives. His family of 10, including his mother-in-law and two cousins managed to run to safety.

Meanwhile, a man who wanted to be known only as Chong, said his daughter and two-month-old grandchild were buried alive in the landslide while his son was still missing as at 9am.

He said he visited them last night and had gone home at 11pm but was told by a neighbour’s son that his son’s house had been buried in the landslide.

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14 thoughts on “Massive landslide at Bukit Antarabangsa at 4 a.m. this morning

  1. Wee Choo Keong

    The Malaysian authorities never learn from the past when many lives had been lost in the Highland Tower tragedy. The Ampang Jaya Council must be held responsible for the lost of 4 lives and for injuries suffered by others. This is due to the “tidak apa” attitude.

    I am sure we will be hearing all kinds of statements expressing concerns by the BN leaders. We don’t need concerns now. The country wants actions to be taken now against the Council for approving such housing projects near hill slopes without the necessary precautionary measures taken to prevent landslide. This is a clear case of negligence because landslide had already been known as the cause for the Highland Tower collapse. Therefore, the Council is duty bound to take preventive actions for other housing estates near hill slopes at Bukit Antarabangsa.

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  2. Melayu Jati

    When will our authority ever learn!

    With the kind of continuous rainfall we have in certain months, all hillslope developments should be outlawed. Those people who have approved previous developments should be taken to task and prosecuted if found guilty.

    When we have continuous rainfall, the hillslopes will be completely soaked and all it takes is for a weak crack in the soil somewhere to give way to gravity and you’ll have tons of earth sliding down and smothering you!

    I always discourage people from living near hillslopes or buy houses (condos are worse because of their mass and weight) that are built on hillslopes. There’s always a tragedy that is waiting to happen. It may not happen in 3 years’ or 30 years’ time but it will happen one day when one least expects it. Especially when there’s continuous rain for weeks.

    Moreover, one also does not know what may happen further “upslope” in the years to come. Especially when our approving councils are so reckless. What’s more, someone may decide to clear some vegetation for whatever and voila – tragedy strikes!

    Seriously, the government SHOULD PUT A STOP to all hillslope development and conduct thorough studies on existing ones to avoid a similar tragedy like Bukit Antarabangsa!

    Be warned folks! Don’t play, play with hillslopes wherever you may be!

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  3. lanwm

    serious checks and inspection has to be done prior to approval of such projects.. this area will turn into a not so elite place after all.. my condolence to the victim’s families and friends

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  4. lee wee tak

    To the high court judge who ruled that MPAJ is not responsible in anyway for the Highland Tower tragedy, I hope you think you are still right about your decision.

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  5. Alice Lee

    MP, please get City Hall to check the slopes near the Carrefour area. There are many tall buildings there and especially on the hillsides, facing the Petronas Towers and the city.

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  6. resident.wangsamaju

    About 10 years back I saw an advert proudly proclaiming ‘gazetted forest, now DE-gazetted for you’ for an area of development near the Bkt Antarabangsa area. My question is, can gazetted forests be de-gazetted that easily, especially for development purposes (housing).

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  7. sherrina

    Sampai bila? Hari ini tragedi berlaku, pemimpin melaungkan ‘Enough is enough’, No more development at hillside. Setahun selepas ini, buat juga. When will we ever learn the lesson?

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  8. Wee Choo Keong

    Melayu Jati, lanwn, lee wee tak, resident.wangsa maju and sherinna

    Thank you for all of your comments. It all boils down to the “tidak apa” attitude of the government and the civil servant. When there is a tragedy like this we hear the PM making announcement that no hill slope housing project. Two months you will see approvals will be given to the developers to build hill slope projects.

    The government and the civil servant will never learn until their own familyu members are victims.

    Sherrina:

    I take note of your comments. I will check it out on Tuesday.

    Incidentally I am told that certain part of Desa View Condo is also experiencing some soil erosion. I shall get assistance from DBKL to ensure that Desa View is safe.

    It is sad that unnecessary lives have to be sacrificed because of the negligence of the authorities.

    Thank you and good night.

    Wee choo keong

    Thank

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  9. williamcheong

    I am a resident of bkt antarabangsa and was awaken by the siren at around 4.15-4.30am. Initially, I thought it i was normal, but then when it became too frequent and at least 2 helicops at around 5am, I though theer must be a fire. As scores of bomba, ambulances, police cars started to drove by the quiet road in front of my apt, then I sense something was really wrong at 5.30am. Disturb, I wake up and ride my motorbike at 6.30am and the place was already crowded and roads were blocked. I took my bike and when to the hill top where it all started and saw only a few people and a policeman manning the area. Saw some big trees fallen and half of the road gone. Saw residents still in their sleeping clothes rushing out and carries their bags into their car.

    Why are these happening? Simple, all the hills at Antarabangsa are not solidly formed. Rather, the hills are formed by loose earth which you can see from the landslide; there are not amny solid rocks at all. Some of the earths from the landslide are now dumped at a vacant area next to my block. And it is all mud, loose soil as an ex-tin mine area. My question is why the authority especially during the Muhammad Taib and also Khir Toyo allowing such developments when again and again the EIA has shown Antarabangsa is not save for development at hilltop/slope? Why again, MPAJ is still allowing another 3 big projects going-on: 2 at Antarabangsa and 1 at Ukay Perdana after the Highlands? Don’t they have feeling? before this landslide, there was another landslide at main road to Antarabangsa which is near to the same spot where the last major happened few years ago. Yet, there is another bungalow development near the place. Are we going to learn only after some people died?

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  10. Alice Lee

    Mr Wee

    Re above: I am not sure of the condos’ names but one of them is Desa Putra, near a planned LRT station, and another coming up behind Carrefour (you cant miss it a mile, as the tall structure is bring built). A walk there might acquaint you with all there are and precariously perched.

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  11. Wee Choo Keong

    Ronson, williamcheong & Alice Lee

    Thank you all for your comments.
    The approving authorities are the main culprits responsible for all tragedies from the Highland Tower to the recent landslide.

    Alice Lee: Now that I got the name of the condo I shall write to DBKL for immediately for actions.

    Thank you all once again. Please help me with your views and information so that together we can make Wangsa Maju a better place to live.

    Regards
    wee choo keong

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