Landslide cuts off road access for 2,020 longhouse residents in Nanga Jagau

The collapse section of road long Jalan Ng Belasang.

KANOWIT, April 27: A landslide has severed road access for 2,020 residents of 21 longhouses in Nanga Jagau Resettlement Scheme.

According to Kanowit district police chief DSP Tega Bilong, the landslide which took place today had caused part of Jalan Ng Belasang to collapse.

He disclosed that upon being alerted about the incident by a community leader at 9.20am today, police, Fire and Rescue Department, district office and Public Works Department personnel were despatched to the scene to monitor the situation and take further action.

Tega revealed Kanowit also saw flash floods hitting three local primary schools following intermittent rain over the last two days.

The affected schools are SK Nanga Balingiau, SK Nanga Nirok, Ngemah and SK Nanga Jagau. According to Tega, the water level at these schools is between one foot to one metre high and is still rising.

The staff at these three schools moved their belongings to higher ground when they saw the flash flood.

Meanwhile, other areas in Kanowit have also been experiencing rising water levels due to the rainy weather.

Rh Ling Jalan and Rh Steven Untail have seen water levels increase by three feet while SJK Sing Shing has seen water levels rising half-a-foot.

However, floodwater levels at SK Ulu Bawan have receded. — DayakDaily