Energy and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan has urged residents in areas with slopes to remain vigilant and take immediate action should landslides occur.
This comes after a warning from the state Mineral and Geoscience Department (JMG), saying that it is monitoring 220 critical slopes throughout the country and identified 122 slopes classified as hotspots with the potential for landslides.
The hotspots identified include:
- Bukit Antarabangsa and Sungai Penchala in Selangor,
- Cameron Highlands in Pahang,
- Genting Peres in Negeri Sembilan,
- Gunung Jerai in Kedah,
- Bukit Canada Miri, Kapit and Santubong in Sarawak,
- Keningau, Kampung Kiau-Melangkap-Kundasang-Ranau, Sandakan, Sepanggar and Kota Kinabalu in Sabah,
- 30 areas in Penang.
“The public is advised to contact the state Mineral and Geoscience Department (JMG) hotline for further information or to inform of any landslides occurring,” he said in a statement on Friday (24 December).
He added that the continuous rainfall that began from 16 until 19 December has led to floods and landslides in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur and more than 100 incidents have been recorded in both states.
He said the JMG had uploaded information on the locations of hotspots on its official social media accounts, such as Twitter and Facebook.
“The information has also been shared with the Fire and Rescue Department and also members of the National Slope Master Plan Committee, including local authorities and agencies involved in search and rescue operations,” he said.
Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) director-general Datuk Dr Aminuddin Hassim said the Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) had forecasted the monsoon rain and low weather pressure at the South China Sea from 27 December until 30 December.
“Both occurrences have the potential of causing continuous rain in Sabah’s east coast and Sarawak’s west coast from 27 until 31 December.”
“It may also cause incessant rain in Johor, Pahang, Terengganu, and Kelantan on 30 and 31 December,” he told a press conference at the flood operation centre at Taman Sri Muda on Saturday (25 December).