The carcass of the python that caused the one-hour power outage in Mukah.

KUCHING: A four-metre python that was electrocuted on an electrical pole had caused an hour of power interruption in Mukah last Saturday (Sept 12).

According to Sarawak Energy Berhad in a statement on Sunday (Sept 13), the python came into contact with the conductors causing the supply interruption in the 6.05am incident.

Among the areas affected were Jebungan, Penakub Ulu, Kampung Teh, Kampung Teh Clinic, Kampung Tegak, Kampung Tabo, Nitsei Sago and the surrounding areas.

The carcass of the python found on top of the electricity pole.

The technical crew who patrolled the 11kV overhead lines servicing the area found the python’s carcass hanging on the electricity pole near Penakub Ulu.

Supply was fully restored at 7.07am after they removed the carcass.

Regional manager Nazry Abdul Latip said wildlife disturbances were one of the challenges faced by the operations team serving the rural and interior areas of Sarawak.

“Our priority is to ensure continuous supply of electricity to all our customers. In cases like this, we always immediately deploy our technical team to investigate and restore supply as soon as it is safely possible. It is truly unfortunate to find these animals electrocuted by the high voltage cables,” he said.  

Nazry said SEB is continuously looking into ways to mitigate the situation by installing anti animal-climbing guards at stay cables and carrying out constant patrols in areas identified to have high wildlife presence.

“Our lines traverse forested areas which are natural wildlife habitats so we need to take a sustainable approach in managing the wildlife presence on our installations. The public can also help us by reporting wildlife sightings at our installations so the team can immediately act on the problem,” he said.

Wildlife disturbances contribute significantly to the number of power trips in Sarawak’s rural areas.

From January up to July of this year, 70 cases of outages due to wildlife intrusion were recorded in Sibu, Kapit, Kanowit, Mukah and Sarikei districts. In most cases, monkeys and squirrels were the main contributors to these incidents.

Customers can contact Sarawak Energy’s 24/7 Customer Care Centre at 1300-88-3111 or email to customercare@sarawakenergy.com for assistance. Wildlife sightings can also be reported through Sarawak Energy’s mobile app “SEB cares”, available on both Google Play Store and Apple App Store.