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Five areas near landslide declared safe

PETALING JAYA, 20 Dec 2008: Several “red” areas in five housing estates the vicinity of Bukit Antarabangsa landslide have been declared safe for occupation. However, some 1,000 residents are still not allowed to return home for the time being.

Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said some areas which had been categorised as “red” by the Public Works Department’s (PWD) slope engineering division, had been declared safe and residents could now return to their homes.

The areas are five houses (number 1-5) in Jalan Bukit Antarabangsa; 30 houses (number 5-38) in Jalan Bukit Mewah 2; 38 houses (number 2-76) in Jalan Wangsa 11; the whole Block A and B of Impian Selatan Condominium comprising 81 and 28 units respectively; and six houses in Jalan BJ 6A Taman Bukit Jaya (house number 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11).

Announcing the safety status of the areas here, Khalid said, the residents involved, estimated to be between 400 and 500 people, could return to their homes anytime.

“Police will escort returning residents to their homes,” said Khalid, who is heading the disaster operation in the Bukit Antarabangsa landside which killed four people and destroyed 14 bungalow houses on 6 Dec.

He said residents in Block B1 of the Impian Selatan Condominium and three units of houses (number 78, 80 and 28) in Jalan Wangsa 11 would not be allowed to return for about a month.

“For residents in other areas, they will only be given limited access to their homes until the slope repair and restoration works are 100% completed,” he said.

He said some 1,000 residents were still not allowed to return home as their areas had not been declared safe.

Police would continue to guard the vacated houses, he said. — Bernama


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