Monday 9 September 2013

Family has close escape as landslide hits house in Penampang, Malaysia.

A family of five had a close escape when a landslide hit their house in Penampang District in Malaysia's Sabah Province, at about 4.00 ppm local time (about 8.00 am GMT) on Sunday 8 September 2013. The event happened in the Kampung Kolopis area as part of a hillside collapsed following several hours of heavy rain that led to flash flooding in parts of the district, and caused the Moyog River to burst its banks. Landslides are a common problem after severe weather events, as excess pore water pressure can overcome cohesion in soil and sediments, allowing them to flow like liquids. Approximately 90% of all landslides are caused by heavy rainfall. 

Scene inside the house at Kampung Kolopis, following the 8 September 2013 landslide. New Straits Times.

Many areas of south and east Asia have suffered a string of flooding and landslide events this year, following an exceptional Himalayan Monsoon and a string of tropical storms. The worst hit countries have been India, China and Nepal, where over a thousand people have died, but no countries in the area have escaped completely unscathed.

The approximate location of the 8 September 2013 Penampeng landslide. Google Maps

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