Friday, January 30, 2009

Another landslide in Miri

30th Jan 2009: Today at around 1:05PM, another landslide on Canada Hill in Miri occurred about 1KM away from the last landslide at Kampong Lereng Bukit. This was the result of heavy rainfall every night since Christmas. According to Bernama news, the landslide occurred at 10am and another at around noon.

It is unclear how many houses were affected. But from the roadside, we could clearly see two houses badly damaged. (You may click on any photo to view a larger version).

This house was pushed a few meters from the original location.

As a result of the landslide, the bare hill at the back is clearly visible. The house on the right was pushed to the left hitting the orange house...

... and a tree trunk pierced right through the house. You could see visible damage to the orange house.

Huge volume of earth has been pushed down...

... "burying" a road with some 15 feet of earth .

A villager was being interviewed by the people from the local press.

Huge traffic jam on both side of the road.
At this moment of time, there is no reported casualty. I heard from the villagers that some 15 people run as fast as their feet could carry them and safely escape from disaster.
Thanks God that this landslide happened during the day time.

Update: Apparently six houses had been damaged.
31 Jan update: Apparently 8 houses had been damaged as there was another landslide at the same place at 3PM yesterday.

According to my wise friend Andrew Chan, he said that one cubic meter of wet soil can weigh up to 5 tons (5000 kg) or about the weight of 3 Proton cars!

According to See Hua Daily News, the following were the landslides over the last 50 years:
1963, 13-Jan-1981 4 casualties, 16-Jan-2009 2 casualties; 30-Jan-2009 - by grace of God, there was no casualty;

23 comments:

Peter said...

wow..your news is faster the than the other news. Let's pray nobody is injured.

Anderson Kalang said...

William, you are one fast 'reporter'. Even beat the newspaper company lah. Very sorry for the families affected. Hope no one is badly injured. Thanks for sharing the news.

William said...

Actually there are others who have been circulating photos.

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S.L92 said...

boy.. tat was creppy.. my grandma's hse is just a bit up... omg...

= FLoReNcE = said...

OMG!!! Now is a new NIU year and this happened during CNY. Hopefully everything goes smoothly after this incident.

Good luck to all of u!!!

sarawakiana said...

That's really fast. I gather you are still on holiday and on the loose with your expensive toy!!!

Hope no one was hurt.

Borneo Falcon said...

This is terrible. We just had another flood again at Sibu today

Masniah said...

Hi William, thanks for the update. I am in KCH now but still managed to find out about Miri faster than the newspaper - Masniah, Ur Ex-IT Colleague

William said...

sarawakiana, ya, I am still on holiday. Someone sent me sms on the landslide and I went over to take some shots.

Hi Masniah, welcome to my blog! Enjoy your holiday in KCH. You can come back everyday for an update or just to be motivated because I seldom blog about -ve stuff!

all3cool said...

Your blog is just great...I got the latest news/update on Miri although I'm not there. I could even show my family/friends about what's going on in Miri. Keep up the great blog.

William said...

all3cool... thanks. Keep on reading.

Elly said...
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wildfox said...

Hai William...tq for d news...memang aku tercari-cari this pic. U are the fastest fasters then fasters....actually i'm in KL..and i'm mirian...everyday i wana know everything in Miri...bro,i qoute you photo for my blog ok...GBU

William said...

Elly,Thanks and sure, you or anyone can become follower of my blog. I am honoured!

Wildfox, thanks. For sure you can quote or even use my photos as long as you leave the watermark on or just mention where you got them. I would appreciate that.

Lee Yee said...

wow i pass by here today too...

Anonymous said...

hi, is it ok if i copy paste the pic of the landslide from your blog

William said...

Anonymous, yes, you can use them but please do not remove the watermark and just mention that you got it from my blog.

flower said...

william, i did not know about the landslide until i reached sibu airport this evening. hope those who stay on the hill will evacuate as soon as possible before the next landslide strike. its a pity.

Anonymous said...

thanks, its just for sharing with my frens and family outside miri :) btw very informative blog bout miri

William said...

Flower, I am concerned... every time I drive pass that stretch of road, I just pray that it won't happen again. The problem now is that the sky is still quite dark... ie, more rain to come.

Anonymous said...

I am so happy that I can read about Miri from your blog, thank you. Reading your blog keep me posted on what is happening. I am from Miri but not in Miri.

nembiak los lutong said...

William,

correct me if I'm wrong, there was a similar landslide at the same spot about 15-20 years ago right?

anyway, ur pics are very nice. well done & keep it up, bro!