Logging operators urged to repair collapsed roads

Timber operators inspecting a collapsed road in remote Baram in northern Sarawak.

MIRI: Logging operators have been asked to go to the ground and carry out urgent repairs on timber roads that have collapsed in remote Baram district in northern Sarawak.

Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau said he called the management of logging camps to help with the repairs.

“There are at least two big sections that have caved in near Long Akah and Long Miri, ” he explained.

“These roads are also being used by people from settlements in the upper reaches beyond Long Akah and Long Miri to get to town.

“I have asked the management to send teams to the ground regularly as the wet weather continues, ” he added.

When alerted about a collapsed section at Sungai Lawen near Long Suling which had severed links for at least 10,000 villagers from some 50 settlements, Ngau said timber operators had been urged to check on all complaints.

“These logging operators are working at these sites so they are in a position to reach these places fast and offer needed help to do a swift repair, ” he said.

As the weather was still rainy in parts of the interior, he said the earth could become very unstable.

“We need to stay vigilant and look out for erosion and soil movement at major link roads, ” he said.

Ngau called on his constituents to alert logging operators in their areas if they detected any signs of erosion.

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