Maccaferri’s landslide and flood mitigation solutions including Terramesh and Gabion help resolve the serious aftermath of heavy flooding in the East Coast of Malaysia.
In early January 2015 massive floods hit the East Coast. The floods were hailed as the worst ever— especially for the State of Kelantan. The water levels superseded the floods of 1967 that recorded 33.61 meters.
In the last month, Sungai Kelantan hit 34.17 meters, which was well beyond the 25 meters’ critical level. In the wake of its devastation, several landslides destroyed hill slopes along the highway. The East-West Highway, also known as Gerik-Jeli-East-West Highway was closed for a couple of weeks and reopened on 7th January 2015 to allow for cleaning and building of a deviation route.
The Federal Government allocated RM 96 million to repair slopes that collapsed along federal roads in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Perak. Kelantan, being the hardest hit, will take the bulk of the budget, totaling RM 42 million. Rectification works are expected to run for two years. Maccaferri assisted the Roads Department (JKR) of Gua Musang, Kelantan and designed 11 retaining walls on slopes that needed immediate attention.
This was along Jalan Dabong – Gua Musang, the longest state road in Kelantan that connects several towns such as Dabong, Jeli and Tanah Merah. This road is heavily used especially during festive seasons as an alternative route to the capital city of Kota Bahru. Slope failures disconnected several parts of the Jalan Dabog – Gua Musang route, thereby disrupting road travelers. However, JKR constructed several contra/ deviated roads to aid passengers in their journey prior to the full reparation of the works. Out of the 11 slopes, 7 adopted our Terramesh wall system.
Other four slopes used our Gabion retaining wall for reinforcement purposes. As part of our extended services, Maccaferri’s installation team chaperoned the site to ensure that the walls were constructed according to our recommended standards and guidelines. In related news, the Works Minister, Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said that close to 400 slopes are identified as critical to landslides and flooding. Kelantan, Terengganu, Perak, Pahang, Sabah and Sarawak are said to be in the high-risk States. Mr. Yusof attended the 2015 International Conference on Slopes, held on the 14th – 16th of September 2015 in Kuala Lumpur.
He visited Maccaferri’s booth and briefly various engineering solutions with our Sales Engineer, Zulzahar Zailan.
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