ROMPIN: Fires which have been ravaging an estate near here since the end of last month disrupted power supply to this town for the past three days.
The fires, which had destroyed almost half of the 192ha of the estate, damaged Tenaga Nasional Berhads 33-kilovolt cable supplying electricity to the town area when burning trees fell and hit it.
Electricity was finally restored yesterday after firemen put out the fire at the affected spot in Tebu Hitam.
Rompin MP Datuk Seri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis, who visited the area yesterday, said the power cut had also disrupted water supply to many areas.
The pump could not work during the power failure, he told reporters after the visit.
During the visit, he was briefed on the operation by state Fire and Rescue Department director Mohd Hussain Ahmad Takim.
Dr Jamaluddin, who is also Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, said his main concern now was to prevent such incidents from recurring.
Mohd Hussain said firemen had put out fires in 81ha of the forest area while fires elsewhere were under control.
A total of 41 firemen are involved in the operation since the fires were detected on April 30.
The fires are in two areas, near Tebu Hitam estate and Tenagas sub-station in Kampung Sabak, he said, adding that their main focus was to prevent fires from spreading to nearby areas.
He had requested for 60 firemen from Johor, Terengganu and Selangor.
Mohd Hussain said the department had also engaged helicopter services in the operation.
We expect to put out the remaining fires in two or three days, he added.