Landslide-hit Tamparuli-Kiulu road expected to reopen in 24 hours

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 10 Dec 2019

Motorists are advised to use alternative routes following a landslide along the Tamparuli-Kiulu road.

KOTA KINABALU: The landslide-hit Tamparuli-Kiulu road some 50km from here is expected to be reopened to vehicles in 24 hours.

Infrastructure Development minister Datuk Peter Anthony said rectifying and road enlargement works have started following the Tuesday (Dec 10) morning landslide which occurred due to continuous rains.

He said they will also move towards repairing damaged drainage systems following the 3.30am landslide that saw a 28m stretch of road collapse.

“For now, road users still need to choose alternative routes if they have to get to destinations that require them to use this road, ” he said.

Anthony said their immediate measure is to enlarge the road shoulders so that vehicles can pass through.

“However, drivers would need to be extra careful when using this stretch of road, as it is windy and near cliffs, ” he said.

Apart from this road, there is also a minor landslip in Membakut and efforts are ongoing to clear the path.

Kiulu, which is about 50km from the state capital, sits in 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 off the main road link between Sabah’s east and west coasts.

Motorists have also been advised to use alternative village roads as the Public Works Department is working out plans to repair the collapsed section of the road.

On other matters, some 70 people from 27 families have been displaced following floods in the Beaufort and Membakut districts.

A total of four villages in Beaufort and 19 in Membakut are affected by flood waters, but the situation is improving.

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