Aid for land­slide vic­tims

> Govern­ment may pro­vide PPR units or funds to re­build houses

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY HAIKAL JALIL AND ASH­WIN KUMAR

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.

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