Flood forces Lawas Airport to close

The flooded Lawas airport.

LAWAS, Dec 5: Lawas Airport was forced to close today, when it was engulfed by flood after the collapse of the Lawas riverbank following heavy rain since yesterday.

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd announced the temporary closure after the runway was flooded with over two feet of water.

State disaster management committee (JPBN) secretariat Major (PA) Ismail Mahedin in a statement at 7am said Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) had also issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) alert on the closure.

“The closure period depends on when will the water recede and the time needed to clear flood debris on the runway,” Ismail said. —DayakDaily

The runway has been engulfed in over 2 feet of floodwater.
The Lawas Airport closure period will depend on when the water will recede and the time taken to clear debris from the runway.