KL preps for soil movement monitoring to detect possible landslides

KL preps for soil movement monitoring to detect possible landslides

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Malaysia, November 10, 2014: Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) has told media that the Kuala Lumpur city is increasing its monitoring and surveillance on slopes following the current monsoon season. Deputy Director-General (Project Implementation & Maintenance) Datuk Mohd Najib Mohd said this was to detect any abnormal soil movement which could result in landslides.

"Should we detect any abnormal soil movement in slopes, restoration work will be imitated to strengthen the soil structure and to prevent landslides,” he said. Besides physical inspection, he said real-time monitoring inspection would be supported by DBKL’s geographical information system, which also provides a three-dimensional digital map of the city landscape.

The GIS was launched in June 2013, and according to DBKL it has started monitoring and identifying the state of slopes which are suspected to be sensitive and at risk of landslides. The collected information generated would be soon be relayed to the DBKL operations room for analysis, he added.

Peninsular Malaysia is currently experiencing an inter-monsoon which will move into the northeast monsoon by mid-month. The Meteorological Department forecasts the country will experience more rain during this period, which is expected to continue until March next year.

Source: The Rakyat Post