The Malay Mail – Thursday, November 19th, 2009 06:32:00

CRUSHED: One of two cars buried under soil and stones in a landslip in Cheras yesterday

WHILE Ravindran Pani, 44, was busy at work yesterday afternoon, two of his cars were completely crushed by a landslip near his home in Taman Cheras Awana.

When he was first informed of the disaster by his wife, Ravindran thought there was only slight damage to his cars. It was only later that he was informed of the true extent of his loss.

“How am I going to send my children to school now?

“My wife and I need to use both the cars daily and now I don’t know what to do,” he said yesterday.

Another car and motorcycle was also crushed in the landslide. “I am concerned that the insurance company will not entertain cases like mine due to the fact that it was caused by nature. But let’s see what can be done later,” he said.

On the positive side, the landslide, which occurred during heavy rain, did not cause loss of life, even though the soggy soil had reached the foot of an apartment block.

Another resident, Norhayati Yaacob, 35, was informed of the incident by one of her neighbours and rushed home as soon as she heard the news. She was grateful that none of her belongings got hit by the landslip.

She, however, felt sorry for her neighbours who had their vehicles damaged. According to her, this was the first time such an incident had occurred in the area and urged the authorities to quickly address the situation before it worsened.

“I hope the authorities will act fast. Anyone can see how bad the conditions are now. I thank God that no one was trapped in the landslip.”

A fire engine from the Fire and Rescue Department in Kajang was deployed to the scene soon after the incident and seven firefighters were seen helping Kajang Municipal Council staff to clean up the mess late yesterday evening.

It is learnt that the cleaning process needs to be done carefully to avoid any further landslips.