Three states identified as risk-prone areas for landslides

Posted on August 22, 2011. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods |

-The Star-

KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor, Sabah and Penang have been identified as risk-prone areas for landslides.

Housing and Local Government Datuk Chor Chee Heung said this was concluded after receiving 111 reports from 111 local councils out of 145 councils who were ordered to conduct surveys and submit reports of landslide risks to buildings on or near hillslopes under their jurisdiction.

“We have identified 2,000 houses that are in high risk areas,” he said after launching the Ops Raya 2011 at the Sungai Besi Toll here Monday.

He, however, refused to reveal the exact number of houses or buildings located at or near areas prone to landslide in the three states mentioned.

Chor said a report on this was submitted to the Cabinet last week.

He added the remaining councils that did not submit their reports as there were no landslide threats in those areas.

“The landslide risks were listed in three categories; serious, not so serious and light,” he said.

It was reported on May 31 that Chor announced a Cabinet directive that the surveys must be completed within a month, following a tragedy in Hulu Langat where an orphanage was hit by a landslide, killing 16 people.

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