The reduction of unnecessary costs to Malaysian can be achieved by improved risk and
emergency management and mitigation plan. Disaster involved in death and injuries due
to the debris and mudflow is a significant natural disaster in Malaysia from the
perspective of its frequency and disruption to socio-economic activities.
After major Highland Tower Landslide in 1993, Government started to look into developing
procedures to monitor development at all hillslope areas in Malaysia. The establishment of
Landslide Committee headed by Public Works Department (PWD) and few committees under Selangor
states is aimed at facilitating National Natural Disaster Relief Committee to handle issues
relating to landslide and mudflow.
Apart from this committee, Department of Irrigation and Drainage is trying to establish a
method of non-structural measures to alert and provide warning on possible occurrence of
landslide at stated locations to public through flood relief machinery at the national,
state and district levels.
Besides flooding, Malaysia is occasionally subjected to landslides. Just as flooding,
landslides inflict a heavy toll on human life and property. Described as an abrupt and
short-lived geomorphic erosion process, landslides can be attributed to the internal properties
of earth materials, the geomorphic setting, and independent external factors that influence
the stability of slopes. Significantly, excessive precipitation (rain)and human activities
have contributed to slope instability and set the stage for landsliding.
This webpage is the landslide monitoring system (DMFWS) including Public Education and
Awareness the which is currently being developed by DID to provide early alert and warning
to the Disaster Management and Relief Committee and the public. Other than floods, landslide
warning could be another type of disaster warning system made available by Department of
Irrigation and Drainage Malaysia.