Eleven cars parked between the CIMB and Amanah Raya buildings in Jalan Semantan here were buried under mud and rubble in a landslip.

Eleven cars parked between the CIMB and Amanah Raya buildings in Jalan Semantan here were buried under mud and rubble in a landslip.

KUALA LUMPUR: Eleven cars parked between the CIMB and Amanah Raya buildings in Jalan Semantan here were buried under mud and rubble when a landslip occurred there yesterday.

Heavy rain since 2pm was believed to have caused earth to loosen at a hill close to the buildings, and crash down after a 15m retaining wall at the parking area gave way.

“It’s possible that the rain factor and the underground drainage could have caused

the landslip,” said the officer-in-charge of the Jalan Hang Tuah fire station, Azizan Ismail, when met at the scene.

However, he said, the actual cause of the incident was still being investigated.

Azizan said the owners of the 11 vehicles, who are mostly CIMB employees, had lodged a report stating that their vehicles were involved in the incident.

As of 9pm, several cars had been retrieved from the rubble using two excavators, Bernama reports. The landslip had also caused traffic congestion stretching 3km in both directions in Jalan Semantan.

However, traffic police were on hand to control traffic flow. In addition, the road on the hill slope where the landslip had occurred had been closed to traffic to prevent an even worse incident. However, there were no reports of casualties, according to a policeman stationed there.

Some 300 workers in the two buildings were asked to evacuate immediately after the landslip occurred.

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique, who visited the site, said the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), Public Works Department (JKR), Ikram and the Fire and Rescue Department were investigating the cause of the landslip.

He said he was made to understand no one was trapped under the rubble.

“I advised the building owners not to allow their staff to enter the buildings until they get the green light from DBKL,” he said.

Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk M. Saravanan, when contacted, estimated the clearing work would take about four hours.

Initial estimate of losses was put at RM300,000, he added

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