Landslide in Kanowit cuts off road access for over 2,000 people


  • Nation
  • Monday, 27 Apr 2020

SIBU: Some 2,020 people from 21 longhouses in the Nanga Jagau Resettlement Scheme in Kanowit have had their road access cut off following a landslide on Monday (April 27).

Kanowit OCPD Deputy Supt Tega Bilong said the landslide caused Jalan Ng Belasang to be blocked, causing longhouse residents to be unable to travel in and out of their villages.

"Following a report lodged by a community leader at 9.20am today, the police, the Fire and Rescue Department, the district office and the Public Works Department have been discharged to the scene to do the necessary," he added.

He said no property was damaged in the incident.

Penghulu Juni said due to the movement control order (MCO) he had to report the landslide to the police via WhatsApp.

Meanwhile, flash floods hit three primary schools in Kanowit following intermittent rain in the last two days.

They were SK Nanga Balingiau, SK Nanga Nirok Ngemah and SK Nanga Jagau.

"The water level at these schools is between one foot to one metre high and is still going up," he said.

DSP Tega said the staff of the three schools had moved their belongings to higher ground when they saw the flash flood.

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