Families cut off by landslide

Swirling floodwaters inundate Nanga Jagau resettlement Scheme.

KANOWIT: Heavy rain since Sunday has caused landslide, cutting off a road connecting 21 longhouses, affecting 270 families here, while three primary schools were hit by flood.

Kanowit OCPD DSP Tega Bilong said the landslide occurred at Jalan Nanga Belasang, Sungai Jagau here, cutting off Nanga Jagau Resettlement Scheme.

He said Kanowit police received a telephone call from Penghulu Juni Masam at about 9.20am yesterday morning about the landslide.

DSP Tega then contacted the Fire and Rescue Department, the District Office, the Public Works Department (JKR) and other relevant departments for further action.

Two policemen and four firefighters and rescuers went to the scene of the landslide at 9.53am.

The damaged road connecting the 21 longhouses.

DSP Tega said the JKR had been asked to repair the damaged road immediately.

He said as at yesterday afternoon, the road was still not passable while police and Bomba personnel were monitoring the situation.

He advised residents to stay at home and to contact the authorities if they needed any assistance.

Juni hoped the government would repair the road as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, three primary schools here were flooded – Nanga Bakingiay, SK Nanga Nirok, Ngemah and SK Nanga Jagau, Kanowit.

Jalan Lukut, Kanowit was also flooded and only passable by heavy vehicles.

One of the schools hit by flood.