Friday, July 30, 2010

Cave-in along Tawau-Semporna in Sabah, Malaysia road cuts major link

TAWAU, Sabah, Malaysia, 30 July 2010 as reported by the national news agency - Bernama:

A stretch of the Tawau-Semporna road at Km42 has been closed to traffic following a cave-in, thus cutting the main road link between Tawau and Semporna, Kunak, Lahad Datu and Sandakan.

A check by Bernama showed that the left and right shoulders of the road collapsed last night due to erosion triggered by floods, and rendered the stretch of road unsafe for use.

Sabah Assistant Finance Minister and Apas state assemblyman Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan, who went to the scene, said repair works would take some time and suggested alternative routes to bypass the closed stretch of road.

He advised light vehicles from Tawau to use the Jalan Sungai Burung estate road to get to Semporna, Kunak, Lahad Datu and Sandakan.

Motorists from Semporna, Kunak, Lahad Datu and Sandakan could use the Teck Guan estate road to get to Tawau, he said.

Flash floods also hit 300 houses with some 1,500 villagers in Kampung Pasir Putih.

Tawau Municipal Council president Ismail Mayakub said the floods which hit at 7.45pm receded about three hours later.

He said 180 family heads had registered by 9.30am and that victims putting up at Masjid An- Nur, Kampung Pasir Putih would be given food.

The villagers were advised to be prepared for evacuation as more floods were expected as the weather could deteriorate at any time.

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