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Underground tunnel collapse causes sinkhole in KL

Part of a road at the intersection of Jalan Pudu and Jalan Hang Tuah sunk on Wednesday, after an underground tunnel being constructed, collapsed.

KUALA LUMPUR: Traffic in Malaysia's capital city was disrupted on Wednesday (July 2) after a road sunk due to the collapse of an underground tunnel being constructed.

According to a report by Malaysia's The Star, part of the road at the intersection of Jalan Pudu and Jalan Hang Tuah sunk after the tunnel, which forms part of the Pudu underpass project by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), collapsed at 10.38am. There was another cave-in at 12.20pm.

Two excavators were in the tunnel when the incident happened, but no casualties were reported, said Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department Assistant Director (Operations) Azizan Ismail said. He predicted the road would collapse further along the tunnel lines, the report stated.

About 30 personnel from the fire department and two teams comprising of 20 DBKL rescue personnel were on site to assist with the incident, the report added.

Channel NewsAsia's Malaysia reporter, Sumisha Naidu, posted a message on Twitter at about 1pm Wednesday, saying: "A road has apparently caved near popular tourist hotspot Bukit Bintang. Avoid KL city area!"

She also retweeted images captured by another Twitter user @wanluv36 depicting the extent of the damage to the road.

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