Saturday, March 24, 2012

landslides on Jln Robson March 2012

On 7 March 2012 there were major floods in Kuala Lumpur. I was in London at the time so only read about it in the Star, and read that there had been landslides along Jalan Robson. These created huge traffic jams, so I was thankful to be away.

Star report 9 March, "Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) officials were on high alert at Jalan Robson, which was reopened yesterday following its closure for cleaning and safety reasons after mudslides on Wednes­day night.
A DBKL official in charge of post-flood clearing up said if heavy rains recurred, they would have to close the road again because the earth there was still very soft.
The mudslides happened between 8.30pm and 9pm at three locations on a 500m stretch of the road.
Jalan Robson resident Datuk Amir Singh said the road had experienced repeated mudslides.
He complained that his house would usually get flooded when it poured as the shallow drains along the road became clogged with soil and would overflow."

When I returned one week later, not much had been cleared. The road up to Thean Hou temple was still closed. The following weekend the road was closed for maintenance work and for days after the road was covered in mud.

Several trees around my condo had gone and there were smaller landslides along my road.

Video on the landslides by the Star.

15 March and the road to Thean Hou temple was closed
Jln Robson 15 Mar

Landslide on my road