Friday, January 16, 2009

Landslide in Miri

This morning, we left home earlier by 10 minutes... thinking that after almost two weeks of school reopening, we finally manage to arrive in school earlier than the normal.

But about 1.5KM away from school, we found the traffic coming to a crawl! We were thinking that it must be an accident. Anyway, we arrive at the school late instead of being early.

The cause of the traffic crawl was because of a landslide at Canada Hill. Canada Hill had a history of landslide 30 years ago. Canada Hill is simply a long strip of hill, probably about 0.5-1KM wide. Both side of the hill are very steep and the soil is not very firm... kind of sandy and poor formation of soil, eg, with many fault lines.
The Shell Petrol station (opposite Bintang Plaza) is situated below the hill and its opening hours is 6AM-10PM. I was told that this landslide happened in the early hours of today (16 Jan). However, I was told that two employees of the station stayed there overnight because they need to open the station early. Sources (from the bystanders) told me that these two persons are missing. I just hope that for last night, they have decided not to stay there!

The damage to the station is extensive. I would say that the content is flatten except the roof is still standing but with severe structural damages ...

... and the service structure (white block on the left) still stands.
This happens after about 3 weeks of heavy rain. Since December, this is the second landslide I saw. One was at Damansara in KL.

To see more photos taken from Canada Hill, click here.

Latest update 10:45AM: I was told that one Chinese and one Indonesian who stay in a "porta-cabin" behind the station are still missing.

This picture shows the houses just above the landslide.

Update: 2:00PM Unconfirmed sources informed that there were two dead.
Update 19 Jan 2009: According to See Hua Daily News, the two dead are both Indonesian Chinese coming to Miri to earn a living. They havdno plan to go back to Indonesia for the Chinese New Year celebration as they were too poor.

25 comments:

Janice said...

daddy you bring your camera everywhere!

William said...

hahaha... I happen to bring my camera out these two days. Mummy said that I should become a reporter. Actually I am a blog reporter.

Anonymous said...

Hi William

I think you are faster than the mainstream media (MSM). Good job!

Hassan

William said...

Hassan ... hahaha... just lucky that I have my camera with me this morning + a little bit of "busy body".

goolooloo said...

thanks so much for your life report. I just reach my work place and people mislead me that it is the Grand Old Lady that runtuh.. Alamak, lucky i got the truth from you :)

Kong said...

My prayers to the 2 employees who are still missing. I really hope they are o.k.

flower said...

just pray and hope that no casaulties.

louis said...

Thanks for the speedy news. Heard about it this morning...Hope no one is buried!

Anonymous said...

2 workers found dead....1 body just taken out...another 1 in the process... May their soul rest in peace...May Perpetual light shine upon them...

Anonymous said...

great job william, sad to heard the bad news of 2 workers! Rest In Peace to the workers!!

Borneo Falcon said...

That's horrible

William said...

Thanks for updating the info. It is so unfortunate! I was hoping that no one should lose their lives.

sarawakiana said...

William you and your camera must be the first on the scene today!!
Your photos have been forwarded to people all over the world! I saw the massive traffic jam but when I took a break this morning I saw a forwarded "blog news" in my office pc!!

Wow you were fast!! And a reader was equally fast!!

About 1 p.m. the ambulance passed my workplace. It must have taken the rescue team such a long time to dig out the casualties.

William said...

Ya, my colleague told me that she received "my blog" through her e-mail. Then an hour later, another one arrived. My other colleagues also receive "my blog". It is amazing how fast news travel! But also thanks to those e-mailing of my blog otherwise my blog site is really jammed today.

Indeed I think I am the first one to arrive with a big camera. Others were caught in the traffic and still wondering how to get to town.

Philip said...

Sad news. There should be some precautions. Who is to blame now?

PANGERAN.ORG said...

Glad to found bloggers from same town...

I used to use this road everyday when going home as my office was at Jalan Bintang Jaya.

This morning I was puzzled why the traffics move soooo damn slow...

I do not know until my friend email this post to me... lol

Davis said...

That was scary... i'm wondering if i've made the right choice to buy that house in Canada View Garden - off Jln Oilwell No.1

William said...

Davis,
That is on the foot of the other side of Canada Hill? The slope of this hill is too steep to be comfortable.

Arth Akal said...

i was delivering cakes to my mom's customer around 3pm and was puzzled by the slow traffic. i didn't know a landslide occur this morning until i drove past bintang plaza and i was like oooohh sh%^t!!(pardon my french)

my prayer goes to the 2 victims.

thrasher115 said...

its look like the slandslide now happen everywhere ,not only in bukit antarabangsa only,so how's the housing project in canada hill in the future..|???

William said...

Thrasher115: I don't know about the housing project there. But before buying, do some analysis and follow the heart... just remember that all developments on steep slope and below the steep slope look great but it is also high risk.

Anonymous said...

Hei Pastor William Ting, you carry your awesome heavy camera every where you go kah!. I Ting in ofis oso lah you take photo one. Wah your blog appear in See Hua Newspaper oh. Now so popular until everybody got so exited oh.

William said...

Anonymous, hei there... calling me pastor leh! Cannot stand that lah! Ya, they published my blog in the paper. Good publicity for me! 2x good! Some more ah... the paper said good things about us.

Photo Tip Man said...

Sounds like you know: Biggest tip is to always have your camera with you in order to get great photos.

William said...

Hi Photo Tip Man, you are right. Unfortunately my camera is too big to be at my side all the time. So sometimes I have to run back to pick up my camera.