No Surface Water Drainage Found In Serendah – JPS

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HULU SELANGOR – The Selangor Drainage and Irrigation Department (JPS) mapping on the landslide site in Taman Idaman, Serendah found no water drainage on the land surface.

Hulu Selangor district officer Mohd Fauzi Mohd Yatim said the mapping of the disaster-struck area using drone video mapping was aimed at identifying sources of water flowing into the housing estate.

“Initial observations and inspection by JPS found no sources of underground water flow which could cause the landslide,” he told a media conference here today.

Mohd Fauzi said the initial JPS mapping report would be submitted to the Works Department (JKR) together with the Minerals and Geoscience Department (JMG) report soon and the actual cause of the landslide on early Saturday morning will also be made public.

So far, work on strengthening the banks to prevent further landslides had been completed.

Meanwhile, Hulu Selangor police chief Supt R. Supramaniam said security at the disaster area was under control and so far there was no further earth movement.

In the 1am landslide, 340 people from 64 families had to evacuate their homes and the site had been classified as a red zone.

Members of the public including residents were not allowed to enter the site which covered a radius of 600 metres and policemen had been stationed there to guard the vacated houses.

MEANWHILE, the Welfare Department (JKM) and the Health Ministry (KKM) are providing counselling services for victims of the landslide.

JKM counsellor Nurhafizah Abdul Aziz said the counselling sessions were to gauge the level of trauma experienced by the victims.

Landslide victim Kamariah Ali Mohamad, 46, said the counselling session made her feel calmer after the incident.

“I am grateful for the presence of JKM and KKM to help me and my family,” she told Bernama at the location.

The mother of a victim reported injured last Saturday, Norazian Abdul Mutalib, 50, said she felt blessed her children and family were safe.

“It happened so fast and I had no time to even think and could only thank God for my family’s safety,” she said. – BERNAMA

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