Landslide causes 50 people to be evacuated from longhouse in Sri Aman


  • Nation
  • Monday, 16 Dec 2019

The Rh Agal longhouse in Sri Aman division was hit by a landslide.

MIRI: A landslide in Sri Aman has caused 50 people from a longhouse to be evacuated as torrential rain and floods continue to devastate the state.

The 50 residents of Rumah Agal in Kampung Panggil were displaced in an emergency operation after their longhouse was hit by the landslide.

The state's Disaster Relief Management committee, in its latest update, said at least 11 housing units in the longhouse have been damaged.

"Tonnes of soil caved in from a hillslope adjacent the longhouse due to incessant rain.

"An evacuation centre has been set up in SMK Melugu to house the landslide victims.

"The roofs and walls of the affected structure are damaged and there are mudflows into the longhouse," said the committee.

Members of the Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department and Civil Defence Unit were deployed to help in the evacuation.

Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident.

Sri Aman is about 200km from Kuching.

In the interior parts of northern Sarawak, the floods have spread to at least 50 villages.

Dozens of schools are also underwater.

Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department reported that Marudi town is still inundated with all the roads in and out of the town are flooded too.

Sarawak is facing the full onslaught of the landas season now.

The landas is the equivalent of the monsoon in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.


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