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Leaking pipes cause landslide in section 16 PJ

AFTER a landslide hit the home of a Section 16 resident in Petaling Jaya last week, others staying in the same row are also worried about their safety.

“I’ve lived here for 40 years and this is the first time I’ve seen something like this,” affected homeowner Asha Kaur said, adding that her pool and garden were a mess after the March 15 incident.

Asha said she was grateful to Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) and Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd for responding quickly to her distress call.

In a statement to the media, MBPJ’s corporate communications unit said that verifications showed that the landslide was caused by a leaking water pipe located at the top of the slope.

“The council ordered Air Selangor to close the water source to reduce soil erosion.

“Air Selangor contractors also carry out pipe repairs.

“The eroded part of the slope has been covered with a tarp,” the statement said.

When contacted, Air Selangor said the landslide happened when repair work was already underway and its workers helped clean up the victim’s house after the incident.

Asha said she fears a future downpour could lead to another landslide and cause further damage to her property if nothing is done to strengthen the slope.

“As things stand, water and mud continue to spurt out of the retaining wall when it rains.

“Air Selangor advised me to call their staff if I see dirt falling from the slope.”

Asha pointed out that the increasing weight of vegetation growing along the slope must be taken into account.

“Trees can be too heavy for the ground to support.

“You can see it by the way the trees are leaning down.”

As such, she urges MBPJ to carry out regular pruning and ensure that tree roots are not affected by existing underground water pipes.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Jalan 16/5 Residents Association, Chew Phye Keat, said those staying in the same row of houses were very concerned.

He said that since the landslide was caused by leaking water pipes, Air Selangor had to monitor the situation constantly.

He called on the MBPJ to carry out an immediate assessment of the soils and take corrective measures.

“The daily heavy rains and the exposed slope make the matter even more urgent,” he added.

Damansara MCA Division Chief Tan Gim Tuan, who also resides in Section 16, hopes the incident will serve as a lesson to authorities to consider environmental factors in their planning for future developments.