Authorities in Camerons on standby for landslides

Authorities in Camerons on standby for landslides
Parts of a farm destroyed by a flash flood that hit Bertam Valley in Cameron Highlands in October 2013.

IPOH: The authorities in Cameron Highlands are on standby for any eventualities in view of the current monsoon season.

OCPD Deputy Superintendent Wan Mohd Zahari Wan Busu said unlike other parts of Pahang, there had not been any heavy rain or thunderstorm in Cameron High­lands over the past week.

"It is generally cloudy with intermittent drizzle.

"The police are on standby.

"We have been checking hill­slopes and potential landslide areas on a daily basis," DSP Wan Mohd said.

He added that the Fire and Rescue Department was also monitoring hillslopes for signs of erosion.

Deputy officer-in-charge of the Cameron Highlands fire station Mohd Jamil Mat Daud said there had been no instances of mud floods or landslides so far.

"We are conducting patrols every six hours in search of anything that could give rise to such incidents," he added.

Last month, the popular agriculture and tourist destination was hit by a devastating mudslide after water was released from a dam, killing four people in the process.

The mudflood in Bertam Valley also destroyed hundreds of homes and washed away countless farms.

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