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Rain restricts search and rescue ops

KUALA LUMPUR, 8 Dec 2008: Wet weather has hampered the movement of the search and rescue (SAR) team at Taman Bukit Mewah and Taman Bukit Utama in Bukit Antarabangsa as parts of the terrain have become slippery.

A senior fire and rescue department official said today that the slippery ground posed a major obstacle to the team which had to exercise extra caution as the soil was getting softer.

“Our biggest fear is that if there is soil movement on a larger scale, another landslide will be in the making,” he told Bernama here today.

He said the SAR team was currently using highly-sophisticated devices to detect any trapped victims.

A Public Works Department surveyor said that currently, the department’s engineering team was carrying out soil stability tests in the area.

“We have carried out numerous tests on the soil to ensure the sites are safe.

“Our main focus now is to determine whether there will be another landslide in any of the surrounding areas. The result will be ready soon,” he said. — Bernama


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