News: Soil movement detected at slope of collapsed wall in Bukit Setiawangsa

The Star, 30 Dec 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: The authorities continue to detect soil movements at the slope where an embankment wall collapsed in Bukit Setiawangsa on Friday.

Sentul deputy OCPD Supt Othman Abu Bakar said police received the reports of soil movement from the developer of the wall, I&P Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur City Hall and Malaysian Institute of Public Works (IKRAM).

“However, there is no cause for concern and the situation is safe,” he told reporters.

The authorities have also given the go-ahead to demolish the house which is sitting on the edge of the collapsed wall to prevent further aggravation to the soil.

As of Sunday afternoon, a total of 234 people from 87 families have moved out with their belongings.

Traders with shops near to the wall, some 100m away, have also relocated to safer areas.

The shops include a dhobi shop, a tailor, tour agency, barber, clinic, retail shop and restaurants.

Seven bungalows, 54 terrace houses and 13 shoplots are affected by the landslip.

“The residents have cooperated fully with the police,” Supt Othman told a press conference.

“The families affected consisting of 234 people are safe,” he said.

“We are ready to assist the residents should they need any assistance, especially in removing their belongings,” he said.