It’s the monsoon season and Cameron Highlands was once again hit with landslides and heavy flood.
The recent landslide that happened at Jalan Simpang Pulai heading to Cameron Highlands have unfortunately claimed the lives of 2 victims.
According to a report by Astro Awani, the 2 victims were 31 year-old Muhammad Hafiz Hamdi and 36 year-old Tan Chee Heng, and they were confirmed dead in a landslide during the rescue operation.
The Search and Rescue (SAR) team from the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia (JBPM) Perak arrived at the scene and managed to remove both bodies from underneath the landslide.
“There are only two victims from this incident as of now.”
“However, we have discussed with the Director of JBPM Perak, together with the District Officer of Kinta, APM and JKR and have decided to continue the search.”
“We are worried if there are more victims buried at the scene.” the Perak Police Chief, Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said.
On the other hand, the Perak Infrastructure, Energy, Water and Public Transport Committee chairman, Datuk Mohd Zolkafly Harun has said that the constant rainfall may have caused soil erosion in the cut slopes in the area.
“The landslides occurred over 100 meters and the main route to Cameron Highlands is unsafe for all types of vehicles and is still being tightly controlled by the concessionaires.”
“However, the cause of the landslides is still under investigation and monitoring is being done from time to time by the District Public Works Department (JKR) and the federal road concessionaires.” he said.
If you are travelling around this period, be sure to avoid these dangerous regions. Travel safe!