Ahad, 21 Disember 2008

Landslide: 15 areas in Ampang at risk

The Selangor government has identified 15 areas within the Ampang area, including Bukit Antarabangsa, that is at risk from landslides.

Based on the preliminary findings of a state government study, four other districts in Selangor were also vulnerable: Ulu Selangor, Ulu Langat, Petaling and Gombak.

The full study would be made be made public in a month’s time, Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said.
On Saturday, 2,000 of the more than 3,000 residents who had to evacuate from the landslide-hit area of Bukit Antarabangsa were given the green light to return home, a decision based on the geo-technical findings by the Public Works Department (JKR) and Ikram.

Meanwhile, Khalid said all 268 families affected by the Dec 6 Bukit Antarabangsa landslide will receive aid from the state government.

Relief measures include:

1) Children from the 268 families (from pre-school to Form Five) will be given a RM120 voucher each to buy school bags, uniform and shoes by the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS);

2) Orang Kurang Upaya (OKU or people with disabilities) and families with a household monthly income of RM1,500 and below will be given RM500 per month for the next three months;

3) Families from the 14 houses destroyed completely by the landslide will be eligible for a discount of up to 15% for purchase of houses by PKNS or a 50% discount for rental of houses by PKNS for a year;
4) For the 81 families who were not able to return home, the state government will pay each family RM1,000 a month in lieu of house rent until they are able to do so;

5) PKNS will also offer the 81 families 14 semi-detached houses in Cheras to be rented out at a minimum rate of RM100 per month for the next three months and RM500 per month after the three months have lapsed;

6) Families who have lost their loved ones would be given RM5,000 cash token by the state government if necessary;
7) Those who were injured from the landslide will be given a cash token as much as RM1,500; and

8) Logistic assistance will be provided by local councils for the 175 families who were allowed to return to their homes while Yayasan Amal Selangor will offer medical help to the Impian Selatan Condominium residents.

“Information centres will be set up at Taman Bukit Mewah, Impian Selatan Condominium, Taman Bukit Jaya and Jalan Wangsa 11 in Taman Wangsa Ukay to coordinate aid efforts,” Khalid said.

He added that the headquarters of information centres would be at an operation room near the Surau Ad-Diniah at Jalan Bukit Antarabangsa.

Those who wish to seek the assistance offered may register at their residential area’s respective information centres or at the headquarters.
The centres will be open for three days beginning Monday.

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