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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs   4 January 2013 

Landslide buries cars in Malaysia


A landslide hit Putra Heights township in Petaling Jaya yesterday, leaving several vehicles submerged in mud and soil.

No one was injured in the incident which occurred at about 6:15pm in Bukit Cermin, Persiaran Putra Perdana.

Selangor Fire and Rescue Department assistant director (Operations) Mohd Sani Harul said five cars, a van and a motorcycle were damaged.

“Earth fell into a pond facing the road, causing it to overflow,” Mohd Sani said at the scene.

Subang Jaya Officer in Charge of Police District Assistant Commissioner Yahaya Ramli said the road was being closed temporarily to clear the debris.

“Persiaran Putra Perdana should be reopened to motorists by Friday morning,'' he said.

Retiree Abdul Talib Ramli, 58, and his wife were on their way home when a wave of mud washed over their car.

Abdul Talib had stopped at the junction of Persiaran Putra Bahagia and Persiaran Putra Perdana at about 6:15pm.

“I saw a wave of mud coming from across the road and wash over us.

“We were trapped at the junction because there was a car behind us and another car from the opposite side was pushed in front of us by the mud,” he said at the scene.

Abdul Talib said he grabbed his wife Siti Laila Osman, 57, and ran from the car.

Vincent Samuel Ramasamy, 45, never expected to witness a landslide.

Vincent said he was on the way out from Giant in Section 9 when he received a call from a friend and pulled over at the side at Persiaran Putra Bahagia.

“Suddenly, piles of mud came falling down from the hill and buried a few cars ahead of me. It was a terrifying experience.

“If it was not for my friend calling me, I would have been one of those cars that were buried,” he said.

He said he then reversed and parked in the middle of the road to alert other motorists.

Kingsley Hills Sdn Bhd founder Barry Goh said the earth came from a plot of land that was being filled.

“All work will be suspended pending a site audit,” he said.

The company is involved in a residential development in the area.

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