A Fire Destroyed 19 Hectares Of Forest In Bukit Kecil

More than 19 hectares of forest in Bukit Kecil, Kuala Terengganu were destroyed by fire.

Kuala Terengganu is my parent’s hometown.

I knew about the news from BERBAMA because we live in Kuala Lumpur.

This is a disaster.

The disaster started at about 2pm yesterday evening.

More than 100 firemen took more than 24 hours to control the fire.

Bukit Kecil is close to Bukit Pak Apil and not very far from my mother’s house in Bukit Besar.

I wonder if we can see the fire from my mother’s house.

I am sorry about the fire because it burnt the trees.

And if the trees are gone from the hillside, it may cause a landslide and mudslide.

Trees And Mudslides

Mudslide happens when too much water turn the earth into mud and push the mud down a hillside.

Mudslide is a disaster.

Mudslide can destroy lots and lots of houses as in Bolivia.

A general view shows the destruction after a landslide in the Kupini and Valle de las Flores districts in La Paz February 28, 2011. REUTERS/David Mercado

On 6 December 2008, lots of people died because of landslides and mudslides in Bukit Antarabangsa, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Landslide and mudslide in Bukit Antarabangsa damaged houses, roads, cars and others.

Mudslide always happens when people cut down trees and plants on hills because:

  1. The root of the trees can hold the soil on the hills; so when people cut down the trees, there will be nothing to hold the soil during heavy rain.

  2. The roots of the trees drink the water from the ground to help the trees grow, so there will not be too much water under the ground.
  3. Animals living around the trees can help drinking the water too, and the earthworms’ tunnel can help the water to travel deep into the ground.

If we do not cut down the trees to build houses on the hillside, the mudslide will not be too powerful.

Please stop cutting down trees!

We must stop destroying our earth.

Go Green!