Continuous torrential rain causes landslide on Bau-Lundu road, disrupts power supply

The landslide damages the underground cables running from Bau to Lundu.

KUCHING, Jan 15: The ongoing rainy weather has caused two landslide incidents along the Bau-Lundu main road, affecting the power supply to about 9,000 customers in Bau-Lundu, Lundu, Sematan and Telok Melano.

Sarawak Energy, in a statement today, informed that two 33kV overhead lines tripped after the landslide incidents damaged an electrical pole and caused underground cable fault due to soil erosion.

The first line was reported to trip at about 11:30pm on Wednesday (Jan 13) and an operations team was immediately deployed to assess the impact of the landslide on the fallen pole.

However, Sarawak Energy said that the repair efforts were hampered by unsafe site conditions due to landslide and area inaccessibility due to floodwaters.

The second line tripped at about 10:45am on Friday (Jan 15) after another landslide incident damaged the underground cable but restoration efforts will only proceed after the site has been cleared and safe for repair works.


Sarawak Energy regional manager for Western Region, Choo Min Chong said that the team is working to repair the broken pole at the first line, with restoration expected to complete today by 10pm.

“Earth movement and poor weather conditions continue to hamper the team’s progress in safe and quick restoration works.

“We are updating our affected customers on the situation and truly appreciate their kind understanding of this. We assure them that we are doing our best to restore power supply safely as soon as we can,” he added.

For more information and service updates, customers can contact Sarawak Energy’s 24/7 Customer Care Centre at 1300-88-3111 or email to customercare@sarawakenergy.com.

Customers can also download Sarawak Energy’s mobile app SEB cares, available on Google Play and Apple App Store for assistance.

The landslide damages the underground cables running from Bau to Lundu.