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    Abstract - Issue Apr Supplement 2012, 33 (2)                                     Back

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Vulnerability and adaptation of urban dwellers in slope failure threats Ė

A preliminary observation for the KlangValley Region


Author Details


P. Thanapackiam

(Corresponding author)

Department of Geography, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Khairulmaini Osman Salleh

Department of Geography, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Fauza Ab Ghaffar

Department of Geography, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Publication Data

Paper received:

25 September 2010


Revised received:

05 July 2011



30 July 2011



This paper discusses the outcome of a research that examines the relationships between vulnerability and adaptation of urban dwellers to the slope failure threat in the KlangValley Region. Intense urban landuse expansions in the Klang†† Valley Region have increased urban dwellers vulnerability to slope failures in recent years. The Klang Valley Region was chosen as the study area due to the increasing intensities and frequencies of slope failures threat. This paper examines urban dwellers vulnerability based on their (1) populationand demographics characteristics, (2) the state of physical structures of dwellings and (3) the situation of the immediate environment threatened by slope failures. The locations of slope failure incidents were identified, mapped and examined followed with a detailed field study to identified areas. The results identified significant relationships between vulnerability indicators and slope failures in the KlangValley Region. The findings of the study are envisaged to give valuable insights on addressing the threat of slope failures in the KlangValley Region.


Key words

Slope failures, Vulnerability, Adaptation, Urban dwellers, KlangValley Region


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