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Malaysian city embarks on hazard mapping initiative

Malaysia: The mapping of hilly areas of the capital has begun as part of the citywide hazard mapping initiative announced by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

Mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib said the mapping process, which identifies and highlights areas affected by or vulnerable to hazards, in this case soil erosion and landslides, started recently and is being carried out by the Public Works Institute of Malaysia (Ikram).

Hazard mapping was proposed following the collapse of part of a bungalow in Bukit Setiawangsa due to a landslide caused by the collapse of the retaining wall.

“There are around 3,000 hill slope developments in Kuala Lumpur, and hazard mapping will enable us to pinpoint which areas are the most sensitive.

“We have asked Ikram to focus first on priority areas – where landslides have occurred in recent times and where soil erosion is frequently reported,” he told a press conference after announcing plans for Federal Territory (FT) Day 2013.

Source: The Sun Daily