IPOH: Kampung Pawong in the Pos Slim Orang Asli settlement in Simpang Pulai south of here has been declared unsafe for occupation after a huge crack appeared in the ground.
The 50-metre-long, 1.2-metre wide and 1.5-metre deep crack, which appeared at about 3.00 p.m. yesterday, has affected three houses badly, Perak Minerals and Geoscience Department director Datuk Ahmad Zukni Ahmad Khalil said today.
“Right now, the area is unsafe. Heavy rain and its proximity to the river bank are the primary factors,” he said in a statement.
A row of six houses built in 2008 at the settlement had to be evacuated yesterday following the appearance of the crack.
Ahmad Zukni said the crack was just 10 metres from the river and at a height of 60 metres, and there is a possibility of erosion taking place due to heavy rain.
“This causes cracks along the alignment of the river,” he said, adding the crack has appeared on reclaimed land.
Kampung Pawong, located 14 kilometres from Simpang Pulai, has 15 houses and a surau. -BERNAMA