Thursday November 19, 2009 – The Star Online

Story & pictures by GEETHA KRISHNAN


CHERAS: A landslide behind the Cheras Awana flats yesterday afternoon flattened several vehicles and forced the evacuation of 10 families.

Three cars and a motorcycle were destroyed in the 2.30pm incident that occurred after a downpour 


Scary sight: Residents taking a closer look at the landslide behind the Cheras Awana flats yesterday.


There were no casualties but losses were estimated at RM70,000.

Residents said that prior to the incident, a contractor hired by the Kajang Municipal Council was building a retention wall along the 7m-high slope.

Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Sakaruddin Che Mood issued the evacuation order upon visiting the site.

Five families were moved to the Cheras Permai community hall while the remaining families spent the night with relatives.

Kajang municipal councillor Ng Thien Chee said the contractor would be instructed to compensate the victims.

He said the council’s engineering department would investigate if work was carried out according to specifications but declined to say whether the slope was deemed unstable. 


Completely wrecked: Two of the cars which were flattened by the landslide behind the Cheras Awana flats yesterday.


Flat owner B. Ravindran, 42, said both his Wira and Kancil were crushed in the mishap.

“My family and I are without cars now and it is going to be difficult to move around. My wife used the smaller car to send our kids to school,” he added.

Another resident P. Anantha­kumar, 28, said there were two previous soil erosion incidents within the year.