Malaysia – Deadly Landslide in Kuala Lumpur

At least 4 people have died after heavy rainfall caused a landslide in a residential area on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 10 March 2022.

Landslide in Selangor, Malaysia, March 2022. Photo: Government of Selangor

Part of a hillside crashed into homes and vehicles in Ampang Jaya in Hulu Langat District, eastern Selangor State, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory. Parts of Hulu Langat District recorded more than 120 mm of rain in 24 hours to 10 March 2022.

Disaster authorities reported at least 15 homes damaged or destroyed, along with around 10 vehicles. Search and rescue teams were called in after 5 people were reported missing. As of 11 March, the bodies of 4 victims had been found and one person escaped with minor injuries. Rescue teams were continuing to search the area with tracker dogs to ensure there are no other victims remaining.

Amirudin Shari, Selangor Chief Minister, visited the area on 10 March and offered condolences and financial aid to the family of the victims. The Chief Minister declared a state of disaster for the area and urged residents to move immediately to a temporary relocation centre. According to the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA), 3 families consisting of 14 people have since evacuated their homes in the area.

Heavy rain has affected Malaysia since 05 March 2022, causing flooding in Greater Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan and Selangor in particular on 07 March. Flooding in the Klang Valley caused severe traffic problems in Kuala Lumpur. A total of 1,291 people were moved to evacuations centres across affected areas, mostly in Selangor where the districts of Gombak, Hulu Langat, Kuala Langat, Petailing and Sepang were all affected. Areas in Gombak district recorded 132.5 mm of rain in 24 hours on 07 March 2022.

Search and rescue teams at the landslide in Selangor Malaysia March 2022. Photo: NDMA

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