Kuala Lumpur-Karak highway fully reopened to traffic three days after mudslide

An excavator clearing mud and debris from the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway on Nov 12, 2015, after a landslide blocked all traffic on the route.
An excavator clearing mud and debris from the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway on Nov 12, 2015, after a landslide blocked all traffic on the route.PHOTO: THE STAR

BENTONG (The Star/Asia News Network) - All lanes of the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway were reopened on Sunday (Nov 15) following a three-day closure due to a mudslide.

Bentong police superintendent Mansor Mohd Nor said the stretch of highway near Lentang, which was closed following a mudslide last Wednesday, was reopened at around 1pm on Sunday.

"On Saturday, we opened one lane in each direction to traffic while work continued to clean the remaining debris.

"By 1pm today all work was completed and the affected stretch is now fully operational," he said when contacted.

A mudslide had hit the Karak Highway on Wednesday night and trapped at least four vehicles, causing a traffic standstill in both directions.

Heavy rains had brought down tonnes of water, mud and tree trunks onto part of the highway.

The area is not far from Bukit Tinggi, which is several kilometres from the exit road to Malaysia's most visited destination, the Genting Highlands.

The landslide was caused by the overflow of a water catchment area, according to the Fire and Rescue Department, discounting some reports that blamed logging on a nearby hill for the incident.