Wa­ter tankers de­ployed to help 5,000 vil­lagers

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -


MORE than 5,000 peo­ple from nine vil­lages in Bekenu, near here, were af­fected by wa­ter dis­rup­tion after a cave-in oc­curred at a stretch of the PanBor­neo High­way link­ing Miri and Bin­tulu on Thurs­day.

The col­lapsed por­tion of the high­way, which was un­der con­struc­tion, had dam­aged the main pipes lead­ing from the treat­ment plant in Miri to the af­fected vil­lages.

Among the vil­lages af­fected by the wa­ter dis­rup­tion were Kam­pung Keluru Ten­gah, Kam­pung Hu­nai, Kam­pung An­gus, Kam­pung Mu­mang, Kam­pung Ran­chahRancah, Kam­pung Masjid Tiris, Kam­pung Ram­bai, Kam­pung Ke­japil and Kam­pung Keluru Jaya.

State Ru­ral Wa­ter Sup­ply Depart­ment en­gi­neer Fadil Kawi said work was un­der­way to re­solve the prob­lem and re­store wa­ter sup­ply.

“Our men, to­gether with peo­ple from the Pub­lic Works Depart­ment and other local author­i­ties, have been de­ployed to re­solve the prob­lem.

“We hope that the wa­ter sup­ply can be re­stored to the af­fected vil­lages as soon as pos­si­ble.

“The route is still closed and users are ad­vised to use the coastal roads to travel be­tween Miri and Bin­tulu,” he told the New Straits Times yes­ter­day.

Miri Zone Fire and Rescue Depart­ment chief Law Poh Kiong said his men, work­ing with a team from the state Ru­ral Wa­ter Sup­ply Depart­ment, de­ployed wa­ter tankers to the vil­lages.

As of press time, a to­tal of 45,000 litres of wa­ter had been sup­plied to the vil­lages.

Mean­while, a spokesman with Le­buhraya Bor­neo Utara Sdn Bhd, the project de­liv­ery part­ner for the Pan-Bor­neo High­way in Sarawak, said it had started in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the cause of the cave-in.

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