Cameron Highland’s history of landslides

by | Jan 29, 2024 | NATIONAL, NEWS | 0 comments

The Mineral and Geoscience Department of the Natural Resources and Environmental Sustainability Ministry stated that the region of Cameron Highlands has witnessed a total of 418 landslides from 1961 to 2023.

Cameron Highlands and the Tapah to Cameron Highlands route have been identified as among 31 landslide hotspots and made up 6.5 percent of the 6,431 landslides and 602 deaths in the country up to now.

So far this year, on Jan 26, a landslide struck Cameron Highlands and a week prior to this incident, a landslide on Jan 19 forced a road closure at Jalan Boh Habu C156 and the closure is being enforced until Feb 2.

On Oct 12 last year, a total of 88 Orang Asli (aborigines) from 17 families had to evacuate their homes and take shelter at the community hall in Kampung Sungai Ruil after a landslide struck because of broken underground pipes and incessant rain.

Mitigation works are ongoing at critical locations, especially hillslopes, with 37 of the 254 locations having been completed so far and geological disaster mappings and early warnings systems have been submitted to stakeholders.

The general public, meanwhile, have been advised to contact the department or local authorities for further information and assistance and urged to be on the alert for movements on slopes and cracks appearing in their surrounding areas.