Authorities rushed to the field after landslides cut Kpg Sejijag off

Riot (second from left) and Dr Sinang (center) are joined by other department heads near the site of one of the landslides. – Photo via Facebook / Dato Sri Richard Riot Jaem

TEBEDU (January 11): Yesterday morning, landslides at 10 locations along the 3.5 km access road to Kampung Sejijag cut the village off from the main road.

This not only disrupted the villager’s daily routine, but also the first day back to school for the third term 2021/2022, as several teachers could not make it to Sekolah Kebangsaan Sejijag on time.

Serbian MP Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem, who rushed to the scene yesterday, said he had asked the relevant authorities to clear the road so that the village would be accessible again.

Tebedu assembly member Dr Simon Sinang Bada, Tebedu district officer Joseph Liaw, and officers from the Police, Public Works Department (JKR), Fire and Rescue Service Riot, the Civil Defense Force as well as the Serian Education Office joined in the site visit.

Riot said JKR takes care of the clearance work while police monitor the movement of people and traffic and provide security at the site.

“JKR is doing some clearing work while the police will monitor the rubble area to make sure residents are not in the rubble area.

“At 11:30 am, two locations were cleaned up. The 3.5 km long road is expected to be fully accessible by 3 p.m. today (January 10). I want to thank JKR and all the agencies involved.

“I advise people in villages here to be on extra alert during this monsoon season because landslides could recur,” Riot said.

According to him again, the heavy downpour since Sunday had also caused flash floods in low-lying areas of the region.

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