PUTRAJAYA — The Department of Mineral and Geoscience Malaysia (JMG) has released an alert, identifying 31 areas susceptible to landslides across the nation in light of the impending Northeast Monsoon.
According to BERNAMA News Agency, the director-general of JMG, the list of high-risk locations includes sectors within the Klang Valley, Tanjung Bungah and Paya Terubong in Penang, areas of Ipoh and Cameron Highlands in Perak, Kundasang in Sabah, and Bau in Sarawak. The announcement comes as part of JMG’s ongoing efforts to prepare for and mitigate the risks associated with the monsoon season, which is forecasted to begin this month.
The JMG has taken proactive measures, closely monitoring 254 critical slopes across the country. Of these, 104 have been deemed high-level critical slopes, while 97 and 53 have been categorized as average and low-level critical slopes, respectively. To date, remedial actions have been undertaken on 37 slopes, and ongoing work is being conducted on an additional 15 slopes. The remaining 202 slopes are under surveillance to ascertain necessary future interventions.
Furthermore, JMG has completed hazard mapping at seven eco-forest park areas identified as potential sites for geologically triggered disasters, specifically debris flows. These parks include Lata Iskandar in Perak; Sungai Tua in Selangor; Jeram Toi in Negeri Sembilan; Chamang in Pahang; and Lata Payung, Chemerong, and Air Menderu in Terengganu.
The JMG urges residents in the identified high-risk areas to remain vigilant for signs of landslide precursors. These include the observation of slope movements, the appearance of fissures on walls, and shifts in infrastructure such as humps on roads or the tilting of trees. In the event of such occurrences, the public should promptly report to the JMG or contact appropriate authorities for guidance and assistance.
Information and disaster-related complaints can be directed to the JMG through their official portal at https://mygems.jmg.gov.