As much as we need rain, it has been the bane of our existence for a while now. Excessive rain last year caused devastating floods. This year, heavy rain caused a landslip which inadvertently made a road collapse.
The horrific incident took place at Jalan LP 1A/2 Lestari Perdana, Serdang in Seri Kembangan yesterday (25th January). Onlookers knew the road was about to go as giant cracks could be seen. This led them to saving one life which otherwise could have been lost to the collapse.
Many citizens had been surveying the area, observing the large crack which split the road horizontally. The crack served as a generic marker for which half was about to go. There were also several cars parked along the road, with no one in them.
However, minutes before the road collapsed, one person got into a car, intending to drive away. Onlookers were quick to help him, panic colouring their voices as they guided the car as far back as they could from the situation.
“Hurry up!” they called, urging the driver to move as they weren’t sure when the road would go down. Mere seconds after they declared the car clear of danger, the road began its slow collapse. Trees and cars which hadn’t been moved fell when the road collapsed.
According to the Selangor Fire and Rescue Department director, Norazam Khamis, they had received a distress call about the incident at 6:38pm. “Based on the initial report, the landslip that took place near the drain caused the road shoulder to collapse and damaged five vehicles,” he stated.
Talk about a close call! Had the driver been alone, or even a fraction slower, they may have fallen with the rest of the vehicles. It’s a miracle that they avoided disaster by a hairsbreadth.
The Subang Jaya Citi Council (MBSJ) is expected to take further action regarding the incident. Additionally, it was revealed that another landslide had took place in the same area, about 50m away from the current spot, in 2017.