Several areas in Cameron Highlands, Pahang were hit by landslides after a heavy downpour on Monday (23 November), affecting several populated areas including Sungai Palas, Brinchang and Tanah Rata.
The landslide is said to be the worst on the 28th-mile marker (Batu 28) on the Tapah road there, where the road remained temporarily closed for clean up works.
According to TRP, the Cameron Highlands Regional Environmental Awareness (REACH) President Dilip said the heavy rain lasted for more than 5 hours.
He said that in one incident, 4 people narrowly escaped a tree that fell onto their car while they were travelling near the Smokehouse Inn between Tanah Rata and Brinchang.
Fortunately, no one was seriously injured from the incident. Dilip then advised the public to be cautious when travelling to and from Cameron during this monsoon season.
Meanwhile, he advised tourists who plan to visit Cameron Highlands to avoid going out at night, given that the roads in Cameron Highlands can get dangerous especially when it rains.
Dilip also explained that Cameron is over-developed and with their old infrastructure, particularly the drainage system that hasn’t been upgraded in 20 years, anything could have happened.
Meanwhile, Astro Awani reported that the FT 059 Jalan Tapah-Cameron at Section 62.65 will be temporarily closed until further notice to facilitate cleaning works.
The District Public Works Department (JKR) also urge all road users to be careful and abide by the instructions issued to avoid any untoward incidents.