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. 1,000 evacuees from Malaysian landslide still not allowed home: report

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Dec 21, 2008
More than two weeks after a landslide in Kuala Lumpur's up-market northeastern suburbs killed four people, close to 1,000 evacuees have yet to be allowed home, according to reports Sunday.

Central Selangor police chief Khalid Abu Bakar told the New Straits Times daily two-thirds of the 3,000 residents evacuated on December 6 amid fears of further structural collapses could return home.

He said an initial report by the Public Works Department verified the safety of most structures in the area but 1,000 residents would have to wait for further tests.

The landslide came after days of heavy rains in the area, which is prone to slippages. In 2006 four people were killed and 43 homes destroyed in a nearby suburb.

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China sinkhole sends hundreds fleeing: state media
Beijing (AFP) Dec 20, 2008
Nearly 400 villagers in southern China were forced to evacuate after a sinkhole opened up, causing one building to collapse and threatening up to 72 others, state media reported on Saturday.

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