Bad weather in the way of power restoration
By:Ma Chee Seng
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MIRI: Continuing adverse weather conditions are hampering efforts by technical teams to restore electricity to several areas here.

According to a press release from Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB), customers in certain areas, including Bakam, Bekenu, Beraya, Kuala Baram, Luak Bay, Lutong, Niah, Permy, Piasau, Pujut, Riam, Sg. Rait, and Tukau, experienced a protracted interruption in electricity supply when strong winds and heavy rain struck the area from July 9 to 12.

“Sarawak Energy received numerous reports on the same day and immediately deployed all six technical teams to site. Electrical facilities, including overhead lines, were damaged by strong winds and fallen trees,” it said.

One of the houses affected by the strong wind

Sarawak Energy’s Vice President for Distribution, Yusri Safri, thanked the public for their patience and understanding in the midst of the challenges faced by the service crew.

“Safe restoration is our top priority with our team and contractors working round the clock to restore supply to the affected areas.

“We have also mobilised all our gen-sets. While we strive to restore electricity supply in the shortest time possible, we want to make sure that our team does so in a safe manner as safety from electrical hazards is a major concern at this time,” Yusri explained.

He noted that the current weather conditions pose a challenge in their efforts to restore supply safely and minimise interruption time.

“To members of the public, please stay safe and comply with all the safety precautions. Always assume every fallen power line or electrical pole is energised. Stay away from the fallen poles or lines and alert Sarawak Energy immediately for assistance,” he cautioned.

The public may contact the technical team for assistance by calling 1300- 88-3111 or make a report through the SEB cares mobile application.

Technical team working round the clock removing obstructing objects.

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