Villagers in rural north Sarawak struggle with road access as heavy rain worsens


MIRI: Torrential rain has lashed parts of rural northern Sarawak from Sunday night (Oct 25) until the next morning, turning many stretches of rural timber roads into streams of mud.

This has led rural villagers to use logging debris to try to cover the mud in order to drive their vehicles across.

"Many link roads to the remote settlements are getting from bad to worse. The worst-affected areas are the roads leading to populated settlements like Long Paloh and Long Terawan and villages beyond them, ” said Baram Kiput community elder Michael Ding.

He said that the state authorities need to do something urgent as the bad weather is getting worse.

"Repair these roads now before the full-scale landas season comes," he said.

The landas season in Sarawak is the equivalent of the monsoon in the east coast states of peninsula Malaysia.

It can bring non-stop rain and floods and turbulent winds.

Miri city also saw several hours of downpour but not as bad as the interior areas.

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