CAVE-IN CUTS WATER SUPPLY TO 9 VILLAGES
Water tankers deployed to help 5,000 villagers
MOHD RIZAL ABDULLAH MIRI email@example.com
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.