Tree tragedy a wake-up call: More falls likely without action

City trees need urgent inspection to prevent repeat disaster

Roskhoirah Yahya
Roskhoirah Yahya
08 May 2024 10:25am
Firemen rescuing injured victims after the huge tree fell on 17 cars along Jalan Sultan Ismail in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. - Photo by Bernama
Firemen rescuing injured victims after the huge tree fell on 17 cars along Jalan Sultan Ismail in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. - Photo by Bernama
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SHAH ALAM - Some parties neglect ageing tree management and care, contributing to incidents of tree falls, particularly among uprooted plants that are not properly maintained.

Unpredictable weather factors, such as frequent heavy rains and strong storms, further increase tree fall risk.

The neglect of tree maintenance is concerning to the community, as falling trees not only damage property but also pose risks of injury and even fatalities.

Yesterday's incident, captured in a viral video, showed a tree falling on Jalan Sultan Ismail and striking several passing cars.

Tragically, one person was killed, and another was injured in the incident, which also damaged 17 vehicles and the monorail track.

The public facility, including a bus stop, suffered damage.

According to Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department Assistant Director of Operations M Fatta M Amin, 27 rescue team members were dispatched from various Fire and Rescue Stations to respond to the incident.

Meanwhile, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Federal Territories) Dr Zaliha Mustafa revealed that the fallen tree was over 50 years old and was under a private sector's monitoring.

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She highlighted the presence of many trees in the capital, aged between 50 and 80 years old, that are at risk of falling, especially given the current unpredictable weather conditions.

This incident is not isolated; without proper maintenance, similar incidents may occur again.

Therefore, all concerned parties must learn from this incident to prevent future tragedies.

Let this serve as a reminder of the importance of proactive tree management to ensure public safety and prevent further accidents.

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