The catastrophic consequences of landslides can cause devastation for people and the environment.
The most dramatic was the collapse of Block 1 of Highland Towers
which occurred on Dec 11, 1993. The whole nation went into a state of a shock. The tragedy claimed 48 lives.
Examples include the June 1995 landslide in a Genting Highlands slip
road, which resulted in at least 21 deaths and 22 injuries, and the January 1996 landslide at Gua Tempurung. The most recent tragedy was
the January 2000 Kampung Raja, Cameron Highlands landslide which resulted in six deaths. The Tanah Rata–Brinchang road tragedy also cut off links for more than 15,000 people living on the Blue Valley Estate and Kampung Raja.
In Nov 2002, eight people were killed in a landslide that crushed the house of retired general Tan Sri Ismail Omar in
Taman Hillview, Hulu Kelang.
In 2004, Cameron Highlands again experienced several landslides. On Feb 25, a massive landslide near Habu in Ringlet cut off Tanah Rata
and the upper parts of Cameron Highlands via Tapah. The road was closed for about a week. Although there were no casualties, the
incident disrupted the delivery of fresh vegetables and flowers to other parts of the country, Singapore and Japan.