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A ‘very high hazard’ alert

PETALING JAYA: A total of 946 slopes have been classified as “very high hazard” along federal roads nationwide as rains continue to fall, maintaining the flood levels in Penang and parts of Kedah.
Penang continues to experience heavy rainfall but for now, levels of rivers in the country have not reached danger levels. Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said 16,454 slopes along federal roads were registered in the peninsula as of 2010.
“Of the total, 946 slopes were classified as very high hazard, followed by 1,551 as high hazard, 2,307 as medium, 5,122 as low and 6,528 as very low,” he said when contacted yesterday.
The landslide hazard level is divided into five categories and given a score of between 0 and 1.
Fadillah said the Public Works Department (PWD) had appointed a concessionaire – PUSB – to implement corrective and preventive measures on the slopes on a long-term basis.
“In the meantime, PUSB is also deployed whenever emergencies occur to assist the present road concessionaire to clear fallen debris,” he said.
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