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Thursday, May 26, 2011

MELAKA RIVER EMBANKMENT IN FRONT OF STADTHUYS COLLAPSES


A sorry sight: The embankment along Sungai Melaka was ruined after the soil underneath the pedestrian pathway gave way and collapsed near Stadhuys on Wednesday.


Friday May 27, 2011
Malacca river bank collapses

MALACCA: Part of an embankment along Sungai Melaka here, believed to have been built during the early days of the British colonial era, has collapsed.

The over 100-year-old structure, which collapsed on Wednesday night, could have become weakened following heavy overnight rain in the city.

The rain also triggered a landslip along the river bank.




Malacca Historical City Council's mayor Zainal Abu, who visited the site yesterday, said remedial work on the damaged portion would be carried out at once.

He said the embankment was believed to have collapsed between 8pm and 9pm.

“We will get a contractor to assess the damages and the cost of reconstructing the structure,” he said, adding that the materials used in the earlier construction would be retrieved in a bid to preserve the original structure.

“We will do our best to maintain all the past structural elements that crumbled due to the soil erosion,” he said.

Three stalls operating along the damaged site would also be temporarily relocated until the reconstruction had been completed, added Zainal.

The Star

1 comment:

TW Kang said...

Remedial works must be carried out immediately before damage to the historical Melaka River Bank.

With the popular Melaka River Cruise plying the river daily, water current generated by these river boats can cause severe erosion the the weaken river embankment.

Let us take preventive measures immediately to preserve our important heritage sites.