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Stranded motorists due to landslide in Karak

Cleaning up at the Karak Highway-thestar.com.my
Cleaning up at the Karak Highway-thestar.com.my

BENTONG: The landslide at KM 52.4 of the Karak Highway near Lentang-Bukit Tinggi at 7.18 pm tonight caused a massive jam on both sides
of the mountain highway leaving scores of motorists stranded.

One of the motorists, Hamdan Ahmad, 35, said he was heading home to Kuantan with his wife Raihanah Ayob when he was caught in the snarl.

“There was nothing much we can do but wait,” said the businessman for whom this was the first time he experienced being stranded on the highway.

“Luckily my wife brought along some bread and water,” he said, adding that he hoped the cleaning up work would not take too long.

For Jazman Omar, 30, who was heading to Kelantan, if getting caught in the jam was not enough, further misfortune befell when his van broke down because of overheating.

“It could be because it is a very old van,” he said.

The mudslide covered almost a 500-metre length of the highway. Some 100 personnel from the Fire and Rescue Department, Civil Defence
Department and Royal Malaysia Police were seen busy in cleaning up and traffic control work.

Pahang Fire and Rescue Department deputy director Morni Mamat said no casualties were reported in the incident.

Meanwhile, Bentong police chief Supt Mohamad Mansor Mohd Nor confirmed that no vehicles were buried in the mudslide and that only three cars and a lorry suffered slight damage.- BERNAMA


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