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    Nov 13, 2015

    At least 7 landslides hit Pahang township


    MORE landslides occurred in central Pahang yesterday, close to where another had hit the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway on Wednesday, making it even harder for motorists to access the artery linking Malaysia's east and west coasts, the local media reported.

    Police yesterday confirmed that no less than seven landslides hit the township of Bentong yesterday morning, which lies between Kuala Lumpur and Karak, reported the New Straits Times (NST).

    Bentong district police chief Mohamad Mansor Mohd advised motorists taking the Bukit Tinggi-Bentong route to use alternative roads.

    Meanwhile, the stretch of the KL-Karak Highway at the 52.4km marking remained closed yesterday after a slope collapsed a day earlier following heavy rain, reported NST.

    As of noon yesterday, work to clear the boulders, debris and mud was still being carried out at the site, while many cars heading in both directions remained stranded.

    There were no immediate reports of casualties from both sites, although it was said earlier that at least four vehicles were buried in the Karak landslide.

    Deforestation is among the possible causes of the landslides, The Sun Daily reported yesterday, quoting Works Minister Fadillah Yusof.

    "This still cannot be confirmed. However, based on initial reports, including the presence of logs on the highway, this indicates the possibility of logging activity occurring farther in the interior (of the forest)," said Mr Fadillah.

    Said wedding card designer Naimran Ibrahim, who faced nerve-racking moments in the Karak landslide: "I fled from the scene to save myself without a second thought."

    The 37-year-old said he and his father had to abandon his car in the middle of the highway, which was then swept by the mud flow to the edge of a drain, The Rakyat Post online portal reported.