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;