Giant Sinkhole Spotted At KL-Karak Highway Due To Underground Tunnel Works

No casualties were reported.
Just yesterday, social media was abuzz after several photos showing a giant sinkhole at the KL-Karak Highway (KLK) was shared and subsequently went viral.

It is understood that the sinkhole appeared at KM66.2 of the KLK towards Kuantan and measured 10m long and 7m deep.

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Following the incident, Anih Berhad, the concessionaire of the KLK and the East Coast Expressway Phase 1 (LPT1), has told all motorists to avoid travelling along the highway and take an alternative route instead.

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“Those travelling to Kuala Lumpur from Kuantan are instructed to exit at the Bentong east exit (near the Benus industrial) and enter the Bentong west exit(near Bentong toll plaza).

“As for those heading towards Kuantan from Kuala Lumpur, they are to exit the Bentong west exit(after Bentong toll plaza) and continue their journey towards the Bentong east exit,” it wrote in a Facebook post.

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Giant sinkhole spotted at kl-karak highway due to underground tunnel works
Photo via NST

Sinkhole caused by underground tunnel works

In a Twitter post, Works Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said that no casualties were reported in the 8.34pm incident and that traffic is still under control.

He added that investigations revealed that the sinkhole was believed to have been caused by the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) underground tunnel construction works.

KL-Karak Highway expected to reopen soon

In the latest update by Bentong MP Young Syefura Othman on Facebook, she wrote that repair works on the highway are almost complete and may be reopened to motorists by today.

“Repair works are almost done. If tests show that it’s safe and okay to use again, the highway can be reopened,” she said.

We’re glad no one was hurt by the incident and hopefully the highway will be safe to be used again soon!


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