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SIK, 10 April 2017:
Heavy rain over several areas in Sik district has caused a stretch of the main road from Nami to Danglau to sink in and impassable to traffic, thus affecting over 2,000 residents.
State Information, Rural Development and Poverty Eradication Committee chairman, Datuk Mohd Tajudin Abdullah said the affected villages were Kampung Pisang, Kampung Pisang Sadao, Danglau, Jerong, Kampung Kesom and Kuala Beris.
“Heavy rain on Saturday also caused a Pajero 4WD driven by a man heading towards Nami to be swept away by the swift current just after the road collapsed. However, the man managed to exit the vehicle and save himself.”
The Public Works Department (PWD) is forced to close the affected stretch of road for restoration work while residents in the area have to use Jalan Gulau as an alternative road to go about their daily routines.
“The PWD officers have visited the road collapse area and the restoration work and fixing back the culverts will be done with an allocation of about RM200,000 that has been approved by the government.
“Syarikat Air Darulaman will also be carrying out work to reconnect the water pipes affected by the sinking soil.”
Mohd Tajuddin said the collapsed area measured 6m by 7m and 6m deep. “There was an old drain at the location and the heavy rain and swift water flow had eroded the roadside soil, resulting in the cave-in.”
In JOHOR BAHRU, an excavator driver was killed after he was buried in a landslide incident at Taman Sri Mutiara Gading, Sri Gading, near Batu Pahat, yesterday.
The victim, Mohd Zainal Abd Latef, 31, was from Kampung Batu Embun, Jerantut, Pahang.
Batu Pahat police chief ACP Abdul Wahib Musa said when Mohd Zainal was carrying excavation works at a construction site, a sudden landslide occurred, burying him in.
“The search for Mohd Zainal began at 10am, and his body was later found by his colleagues,” he said adding the fire and rescue department then arrived to help retrieve it before being taken to the Sultanah Nora Ismail Hospital in Batu Pahat for post-mortem.
In IPOH, a secondary school student was killed when she was strangled by an electric cable \which fell on her while she was riding pillion at KM5, Jalan Bota Kiri-Tanjung Blanja, about 70km from here, yesterday afternoon.
Nurul Huda Ashira Abdullah, 16, from Bota Kanan died at the scene. Her body was sent to Changkat Melintang Hospital for postmortem.
Perak Tengah district police chief Supt Zainal Abdullah said in the 5pm incident the victim was on a Honda EX5 driven by her friend Aida Safira Idris, 15, heading for Bota from Parit.
“It was raining heavily and on reaching the spot, the cable suddenly snapped and fell. The motorcyclist tried to avoid the falling cable but it landed on the pillion rider strangling her.”
Zainal said the motorcyclist escaped with minor injuries and the case is being investigated under Section 41(1) Road Transport Act 1987.