Incident of tree falling: Five locations involved around KL, Minister Orders to Cut Tree Risking Fall

Incident of tree falling: Five locations involved around KL, Minister Orders to Cut Tree Risking Fall

KUALA LUMPUR: Five locations were reported to have experienced incidents of tree falling around the capital city following a storm and heavy rain on Monday.

The Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department’s Operations Center (PGO) confirmed receiving emergency calls regarding fallen trees causing traffic obstructions and property damage, including residences.

Eight vehicles, including five cars and three motorcycles, were reported to have been crushed by fallen trees in front of Menara Prestige on Jalan Pinang, in the capital city. No casualties were involved in this incident.

Around Jalan Rahmah, Taman Gembira, and Jalan Kuchai Lama, the Fire and Rescue Department reported no casualties involved due to trees falling in the area.

A residence in the same area was also reported to have been affected when a tree fell and crushed the roof of a house there. This incident did not involve casualties.

The Fire and Rescue Department also reported that the Faculty of Medicine and the Examination Building of the University of Malaya were affected when a car was believed to have been crushed due to heavy rain in that area. This incident did not involve injuries.

Tree cutting and clearing works were carried out together with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), the statement said.

At the same time, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) was directed to immediately take action to remove high-risk trees following the latest incident of a tree falling in the capital city today. The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Federal Territories), Dr. Zaliha Mustafa, said at the same time that DBKL was also directed to improve the Low Tree Management Plan and provide new guidelines regarding aged or high-risk trees expected to be ready by July to ensure similar incidents do not recur.

“To ensure the sustainability of the environment continues to be preserved and given attention, DBKL also needs to detail the tree replacement program, including examining methods to ensure the trees are intact and safe for the long term,” she said in a statement today.

A tree fell on Jalan Pinang facing Kuwait Bank in the capital city today and nearly hit the vehicle carrying Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh.

However, the tree hit the rear of a police patrol car, a Proton X70, accompanying Ab Rauf.

On May 7, due to heavy rain and strong winds, a tree fell, claiming the life of a man and crushing 17 vehicles and the Monorail track on Jalan Sultan Ismail.

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