Key road in rural Kiulu collapses after heavy rains


The collapsed section of the Tamparuli - Kiulu road is the second landslip to cut off road links in Sabah which is experiencing bad weather conditions over the past week.

KOTA KINABALU: A key road linking dozens of kampungs in rural Kiulu collapsed during the wee hours of Tuesday (Dec 10), as continuing rains begin to show threat of more landslides.

A 28m stretch of the Tamparuli-Kiulu road collapsed in a landslip, two days after a massive landslip cut off the main Kota Kinabalu – Sandakan link that connects the east and west coasts of the state.

Sabah Public Works Department director Datuk Richard Jomiji said the road was impassable to all vehicles and advised motorists to take alternative roads.

He advised the use of alternative kampung roads through Jalan Kiulu Lawa Mondou, Jalan Kiulu Logkou Lama or Jalan Bungalio Logkou Timbok as a temporary measure.

“We will be working on a bypass as soon as possible, ” he said, adding that there were no reports of any casualty in the landslip that occurred around 3.30am.

He urged the public not to attempt to use the damaged section of the road, as it was dangerous.

Kiulu, which is about 50km from the state capital, sits on the foothills of Mount Kinabalu’s Crocker Range that have been prone to landslides.

On Sunday (Dec 8) night, a major landslip between the towns of Kundasang and Ranau cut of the main road link between Sabah’s east coast with the west coast of the state.

Motorists have also been advised to use alternative kampung roads as PWD is working out plans to repair the collapsed section of the road.

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