MIRI: The state authorities have set up a 24-hour emergency response team to deal with soil erosion and landslides in northern Sarawak.
Assistant State Minister for Infrastructure Development and Communications Lee Kim Shin said the state Public Works Department had been directed to coordinate its operations.
The team will be made up of engineers, road contractors and representatives from the relevant agencies.
This team will be on a 24-hour standby to handle any landslides and erosions, especially at night and during heavy rain.
The engineers have been told to check for erosion, especially along the Miri-Bintulu stretch of the Pan Borneo Highway. Six danger areas have already been identified and remedial measures are being implemented now, he said.
Lee cited the case of Canada Hill near Miri town, where the threat of erosion loomed over some 100 families who have yet to be relocated to safer grounds.
Lee, who toured several erosion-affected areas, noted that there were tonnes of wooden, concrete and steel debris, which were left behind by squatters.
Asked whether the authorities were ready to deal with any major landslides, he said the main focus now was prevention.