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Evacuate order after landslide in Bkt Kanada

MIRI, 16 Jan 2009: The occupants of 10 houses on the eastern slope of Bukit Kanada near here have been directed to move out of their homes immediately following a landslide in the area.

Sarawak Disaster Relief and Management Committee chairman Tan Sri Dr George Chan issued the evacuation order, saying it was too dangerous for the occupants to remain there considering that rain was expected to fall until 19 Jan.

Several members of the committee found that three of the 10 houses in Kampung Pujut Tanjung Batu there were in a precarious situation, he said, adding that the committee had opened an evacuation centre at the Red Crescent Society building here.

Chan advised the residents of settlements near Bukit Kanada to be prepared to move out if necessary.

A landslide occurred at 1.10am today on the western slope of Bukit Kanada burying alive two Indonesian workers of a nearby petrol station.

Chan, who is the state assemblyman for Piasau here, visited the scene of the landslide soon after his arrival from Kuching this afternoon. — Bernama


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