Aid for landslide victims
> Government may provide PPR units or funds to rebuild houses
PETALING JAYA: Families whose houses were affected by the Serendah landslide on Saturday will be provided with People’s Housing Programme (PPR) units, said Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar.
He said the government would help the families if their houses were found to be unsafe.
“This would depend on the result of the study conducted to determine the soil condition in the area,” he told reporters after a visit to PPR Lembah Subang.
“I assure the families which were ordered to evacuate ... don’t worry, the federal government will allow them to reside in PPR,” he said, adding that the ministry had identified a PPR project located just 1km from the landslide-hit area.
Residents of 64 houses were ordered to evacuate following the landslide that struck Taman Idaman in Serendah, Hulu Selangor.
One person was injured in the incident, while at least nine vehicles were swept into a huge mud pit.
During a visit to the landslide site earlier, Noh said the ministry was also considering providing monetary assistance to allow the affected residents to build their houses on a new plot.
“This is another measure we could provide in case their houses need to be demolished for being unsafe,” he said.
Hulu Selangor district police chief Supt R. Supramaniam said there is water flowing underground at the site and the whole area remains at risk.
“There has been no further soil movement after continuous remedial works were conducted at the location.
“We have also pulled out two cars and a motorcycle from the mud and are working to get the remaining vehicles out,” he told reporters at a press centre near the scene yesterday.
(Left) Some of the vehicles that were swept into a huge mud pit during the landslide. (Below) Drone photograph shows the massive damage to the area.