GEORGETOWN, Nov 5 — LS Chew had a front row seat to the pre-dawn collapse of a retaining wall and a road for a new row of houses in Taman Ratu, Tanjung Bungah here today.
For her home on the ninth floor Surin Apartment unit is located directly opposite the newly-built but unoccupied houses.
“About 1am, I could hear crackling sound from the project site like firecrackers and I asked my housemate to come and check what it was,” she said when met at the site today.
“Moments later, the wall gave way, bringing together the houses behind it,” she added.
Chew said she called the Fire and Rescue Department immediately as water was gushing out from a burst pipe.“I managed to capture the moments before the wall collapsed,” she added.
With water gushing from the burst pipe, Chew said she was worried for her apartment block.
“Water was flowing under our block. Residents at my block claimed they saw cracks in the building,” she added.
Chew said this was the first time such incident in the area since she moved in there nine years ago.
Her housemate, who declined to be named, said it was raining heavily two hours before the wall tumbled.
“Rain had been lashing Penang since 1pm on Friday,” she said.
Another resident of the area who gave his name as Reuben said work on the newly-built houses started five years ago.
“They blasted rocks at the hill before the houses were constructed,” he said.
“It is very sad to see the place which used to be so pristine and beautiful turned into this,” said the Coastal Town apartment dweller, which is located a stone throw away from Taman Ratu.