SHAH ALAM: An entire row of homes in Seksyen 7 here has been declared a â€œdisaster zoneâ€ and a dozen families have been ordered to evacuate the area after a landslip triggered massive craters in the ground.
Measuring up to half a metre, the holes appeared behind the row of homes in Jalan Plumbum 7/101 as a 100m-long retaining wall toppled over, resulting in cracks appearing in the houses.
Fearful residents who packed up and left to stay in a hotel spoke of the earth moving under their feet and the sound of water gushing under their floors.
Housewife Marziah Mahmud, whose house was the worst-hit, said she felt movements on the floor and heard the sound of water underneath it during a downpour two days ago.
The place was declared a â€œdisaster zoneâ€ by Petaling District Officer Datuk Mohd Misri Idris at about 10pm on Thursday.
Marziah said this wasnâ€™t the first time residents felt unsafe.
â€œWeâ€™ve been threatened by a sinking ground since 2012,â€ she said, adding that the Residents Association had even taken legal action and discussed compensation with the developer and the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS).
â€œThe occupants of the first and second homes next to mine moved out several years ago,â€ said Marziah.
â€œThe others have nowhere else to move to,â€ added the 43-year-old, saying that her porch sank with cracks on the floor and wall.
A check at the two unoccupied houses found that the gaps and cracks were equally as severe as those at Marziahâ€™s home.
Marziah, who has been living with her parents, husband and three children at the double-storey house since 2008, said many residents were unhappy with PKNSâ€™ offer of compensation.
â€œPKNS should factor in the future values of our properties when offering us total buyout or temporary rental options. We are literally forced to move out.
â€œIt is really upsetting that the houses got worse,â€ she added.
Another resident, who only wanted to be known as Vijay, said that the land had been a swamp before it was turned into a housing estate.
â€œThe heavy rain over the past few days just made things worse,â€ said the 42-year-old.
Hairudin Tumiran, who was helping his sister Khuzaita pack, said the familyâ€™s safety was top priority.
Hairudin, who was busy tying up the childrenâ€™s clothes in large garbage bags, said the family would be staying at a hotel in Seksyen 9, while looking for a place to rent.
â€œWhat to do, the familyâ€™s safety is at the top of our minds,â€ said Hairudin.
â€œBetter be safe and move out now. We will get a lorry to collect the larger items later,â€ he added.
Khuzaita, a single mother, has four daughters aged between six and 15. – The Star