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Friday, 19 May 2017 | MYT 2:18 PM

Major water disruption in Sarawak, 30,000 affected after landslide hits highway

MIRI: Water supply to about 30,000 people in the sub-districts of Bekenu and Subis in northern Sarawak has been disrupted after a cave-in at a stretch of the Pan-Borneo Highway.

The Miri Fire and Rescue Department, the Public Works Department (JKR) and the northern Sarawak Water Board are arranging tankers in Miri to deliver emergency water supply to the affected areas.

Miri Fire and Rescue Department chief Supt Law Poh Kiong said the collapsed portion of the highway had damaged the main pipes leading from the treatment plant in Miri.

"Our water tankers are delivering the emergency water supply and the first consignment just arrived in Bekenu town (located about 60km south of Miri)," he said Friday.

Supt Law said a team had been deployed to the site to help with the repair works as well as with water delivery.

The cave-in on Thursday afternoon affected about 500m of the highway, with guardrails collapsed on one side and a 10m-deep crack in the centre.

Fortunately, no vehicles were affected in the incident.

The Fire and Rescue Department, JKR and police are at the site for safety checks.

The cave-in has affected the highway between Miri to Bintulu.

Road users planning to travel anywhere between these two points are advised to use the coastal highway for now.

Tags / Keywords: Landslide , Pan Borneo Highway , Water supply


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