The landslide that occurred on Dec 26 at Tenaga Nasional Berhad's (TNB) Sharples Bungalow was not due to land clearing or illegal constructions but due to heavy rain. Pix by L.MANIMARAN.
Cameron Highlands police chief Deputy Superintendent Hasadid A Hamid points to the landslide which occurred near Tenaga Nasional Berhad's (TNB) Sharples Bungalow. Pix by MUHAIZAN YAHYA.

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Illegal constructions or land clearing did not lead to the landslide on Sunday which occurred near Tenaga Nasional Berhad's (TNB) Sharples Bungalow.

Cameron Highlands police chief Deputy Superintendent Hasadid A Hamid said the landslide was triggered due to heavy rain.

"During the incident, the state Meteorological Department recorded rainfall measuring a total of 100.9mm.

"The number recorded was above the normal rate of only 20mm per day. The total rainfall on that day was similar to that of the day of the worst landslide here in Nov 2014," he told a press conference at the scene today.

Hasadid said police have conducted checks at the hill near the bungalow and no illegal activities were found.

"I also urge members of the public to not believe rumors on social media," he said, adding that the official report on the incident would be released in three months.

It was reported on Sunday that 13 guests were evacuated and four cars parked near the bungalow were damaged after a landslide hit the area following heavy rain.

No one was injured in the 3pm incident. Occupants were immediately instructed to leave the building for their safety.

The heavy rain had also caused a landslip at Jalan Cameron Highlands-Tapah and a team of firemen were deployed to cut and remove the uprooted trees that had obstructed traffic in the area.