Landslide cuts off road transport in Sabah, Malaysia

18:35, October 08, 2010      

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The road connection between Kota Kinabalu and Ranau in the state of Sabah, East Malaysia, was cut off Thursday night following a major land slip, an official said Friday.

State Public Works Department director John Anthony told reporters here in the state capital on Friday that the incident took place Thursday night on the Kota Kinabalu-Ranau road.

Some 60 meter of the road was covered with mud, said the director, adding that the relevant authority was still clearing the scene to restore the transport connection.

Kota Kinabalu is located in the westcoast of the Sabah State, while Ranau is a district 110 kilometers in the east of the state capital.

As at Friday noon, much of the mud had been cleared but only one lane was opened for cars, said Anthony.

According to Anthony, a minor landslide had occured on the road about a month ago.

He also attributed the much serious landslide to the heavy rainfall recently that had caused more land erosion.

"Fortunately, no cars were buried during the incident," said Anthony, adding that if the weather permits, a two-lane road can be opened within two days.

Source: Xinhua


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