Rh William Nanang residents fearful after landslide behind longhouse

Henry (left) in discussion with William as they look at the landslide behind the 24-door Rh William Nanang, Buluh Antu in Padeh.

by Nancy Nais

BETONG, May 13: The residents of Rh William Nanang, Buluh Antu in Padeh are worried after a landslide occurred behind their longhouse following continuous rain yesterday evening.

According to Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) Betong, the landslide occurred at about 5pm due to heavy downpour in the afternoon.

They received the emergency call at 9.56am today and despatched a team of firefighters to the 24-door longhouse, located some 14km away from Betong.

“Upon arrival, we found the soil between door no. 1 to 4 collapsed to as deep as five feet. The distance of the landslide from the kitchen is about one foot away.

“No operation was carried out. We advised the village chief to cover the ground with canvas and contacted Public Works Department (JKR) Sarawak on the matter,” Bomba Betong PBK I Henry Jugah revealed in a statement.

Although the landslide did not affect the longhouse’s structure, longhouse chief William Nanang expressed concern over the potential for more landslides which threatens the safety of the 60 residents under his care. — DayakDaily