Road collapse cuts off access to villages in rural Sarawak, urgent repairs needed

  • Nation
  • Friday, 17 Jan 2020

MIRI: There have been an increasing incidents of road collapse following the aftermath of floods in rural Sarawak.

Orang Ulu senior community leader Datuk Ose Murang said the authorities as well as logging and plantation companies must deploy mobile technical maintenance crew into the remote interior to check on the area's soil stability.

Murang, who is the former Sarawak deputy state secretary, told The Star on Friday (Jan 17) that the cases of road collapse are getting worse.

"The latest case of road collapse happened in the remote areas of Baram district at Long Semiang.

"The trunk road linking the villages there with the outside world has totally collapsed.

"No vehicles or people can pass through at all.

"The authorities, logging and plantation companies must send their engineers to the site and see how to repair the damaged road.

"Whole chunks of the earth beneath the road surface have collapsed.

"The affected rural folk need urgent help," he said.

Long Semiang is located eight hours by timber road from Miri.

Hundreds of villagers are trapped in the upper reaches from Long Semiang onwards as they are unable to pass through the collapsed section.

There is no possibility of building a detour as one side of the road is a mountain and the other side is a steep ravine.

Murang urged those responsible for the road maintenance there to repair the collapsed section urgently.

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