Ranau landslip due to land clearing and building of houses, says state minister

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  • Monday, 09 Dec 2019

Sabah InfrastructureDevelopment Minister Datuk Peter Anthony (left) being briefed of the Ranau landslip at Km98 Kota Kinabalu-Sandakan road that cut off the east coast and west coast of Sabah.

KOTA KINABALU: The state government has ordered a halt on all land clearing and housing development by villagers around the site of a massive Ranau landslide along the main road link between Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan.

Sabah Infrastructure Development Minister Datuk Peter Anthony, who visited the site of the landslide that cut off an 80m section of the road between Ranau and Kundasang, said that such activities might have triggered the Sunday (Dec 8) night landslide during the current wet weather.

“The Public Works Department has not allowed anyone to carry out planting or to build houses at the hills above the road,” he said, adding that development at the area involved some 2.6ha at the top the hill.

“It is quite a large area and the clearing is not being done properly or in organised manner,” he added.

He said police have asked local residents in the affected areas to move to safer areas while the PWD makes a decision either to build a "Bailey bridge", or clear the landslide to reopen the affected road.

“With anticipation of more rain, we have to look at all aspects as we can expect more landslips to occur,” he added.

Peter also said that two villagers have also lodged police reports that the landslip affected their farms and houses.

“We want to solve it as fast as we can,” he added.

The road remains closed for all traffic. Road users have been advised to take alternative roads through villages temporarily.
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