First fatality of landas in Sarawak; dense clouds loom along coastal shores

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  • Tuesday, 03 Dec 2019

Worker who died after being buried alive in soil cave-in, is the first landas season fatality in Sarawak.- Bomba Sarawak pic

MIRI: A soil cave-in has killed a construction worker at the Serian district in southern Sarawak - the first fatality during this landas (monsoon) season so far.

Nicholas Jawan, 33, was buried alive by the soil erosion while working at a construction site at Jln Monkos near Kpg Bunan Gega at 10am on Tuesday (Dec 12).

Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department, in its latest updates, said the victim was already dead when his body was pulled out from beneath the mud.

"The soil caved in on him while he was working inside a drain.

"Bomba rescuers rushed to the scene after being alerted.

"But he was already dead when recovered," said Bomba Sarawak.

The case has been referred to the police, it added.

In the meantime, Sarawak's coastal shores are seeing dense clouds looming, even as a typhoon is building up strength in the seas between Sabah and the Philippines.

Latest satellite images from the Malaysian Meteorological Department this morning reveal the worrying signs.

The immediate concern for Sarawak is the heavy build-up of clouds along the coast.

The clouds can be seen stretching from Kuching in the southern tip to Miri in the northern portion.

Miri Division is still reeling from flash floods that occurred on Sunday night and Monday morning.

Today (Dec 3) saw three schools in the interior districts of Tinjar and Baram flooded.

SK Long Panai, SK Pengiran Enteri and SK Sungai Bong were flooded.

Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department, in its latest updates, said rain and rising river-levels caused the floods.

In these schools, the floods are between 0.7 to 0.95m.

There are no students or boarders, as they are away for the school holidays.

Several families of teachers cum caretakers are taking shelter on higher grounds.

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