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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Two buried alive in landslide

This just in on Borneo Post today. Two workers were killed when earth came crashing down on the living quarters of a petrol station located near the hill slope of Canada Hill in Pujut-Miri road about 1.10am yesterday.

RECOVERED: Police and SAR personnel recovering a body from the rubble.

They were identified as 28-year-old Indonesian known only as Endi, and a 22-year-old local known as Ah Khiong. They were sleeping inside a cabin beside the petrol station when the landslide occurred.

The landslide also destroyed the concrete retaining wall of the petrol station, burying everything in its path, including the merchandise inside the petrol station which has been operating for the last 20 years.Electricity supply to several villages were disrupted for a few hours.
A search and rescue (SAR) team arrived about 1.30pm to see the place covered with earth and debris.The police, together with the army, Fire and Rescue Department, General Operations Force, Rela, Civil Defence Department and Malaysian Red Crescent came to help in the search for the missing men who were buried under tonnes of rubble.
A police dog unit was also involved in the search.

Police chief ACP Jamaludin Ibrahim said the SAR team had been conducting the search for the missing workers since early in the morning.
The bodies were only found 13 hours later.
The first body was found at 1.20pm while the second one was found at 1.45pm not far from the first body.Three excavators from the Miri City Council were used in the search operation.
The two bodies were later sent to Miri Hospital for a post mortem.
Resident Datu Ose Murang, Pujut assemblyman Andy Chia and the owner of the station were among the first to rush to the scene to help in the rescue operation.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam, who was in Kuching when the incident occurred, arrived at the scene about 2pm after being notified of the tragedy.

Met by reporters later, he said that two areas here were prone to landslides — Pujut Padang Kerbau 1, and Kampung Hj Wahed. As such the 10 families in Pujut Padang Kerbau 1 would be relocated to safer grounds or asked to squat with relatives until the weather conditions improve to prevent any untoward incident.

Meanwhile, Murang, the Miri disaster relief committee chairman, reminded residents in Canada Hill and surrounding areas to be on the alert for further landslides. Murang also instructed the Public Works Department and the Land and Survey

Department to carry out checks on all residential areas in the area and nearby slopes.
He said a report on the matter would be submitted to Dr Chan, who is the state disaster relief committee chairman.

This was the first landslide as far as i now at Canada Hill. What the message i want to share here is please keep yourself in alert when its come to non-stop raining especially to those who live near the hill area, an extra pre-caution can minimized any lost of life. Be careful...


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