Longhouse collapses in landslide, 300 left homeless


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 21 Mar 2017

MIRI: A longhouse in northern Sarawak, with 32 living quarters and a population of about 300, collapsed after a massive landslide believed to have been caused by hill-slope erosion. 

Rumah Empaling, located at Sg Labang some 150km south of Miri, fell apart at about 6am Tuesday.  

The building started to break apart after being hit by an avalanche of soil and rocks that started at about 5.30pm on Monday.  

All the residents have been evacuated and there were no fatalities. 

The Fire and Rescue Department had deployed a team of rescuers from Bintulu town to the site, which is about 75km away. 

Head of rescue operations at the site, Hambali Mohamad, confirmed that all the affected residents were evacuated safely before the building collapsed.  

“They have been sent to the nearest school, SK Sengian Labang, and will be housed at the school hall for now,” he said.  

Welfare authorities have been informed, and aid is being arranged. The office of Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing has also been notified about the incident.  

The Public Works Department has been alerted, and soil engineers will be sent to the site to determine the cause of the landslide. 

Two days ago, a landslide was also reported at Kg Rian in the Song district in Kapit Division.

 

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