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Friday, July 30, 2010

Cave-in along Tawau-Semporna road cuts major link

A stretch of the Tawau-Semporna road at Km42 has been closed to traffic following a cave-in, thus cutting the main road link between Tawau and Semporna, Kunak, Lahad Datu and Sandakan.

A check by Bernama showed that the left and right shoulders of the road collapsed last night due to erosion triggered by floods, and rendered the stretch of road unsafe for use.

Sabah Assistant Finance Minister and Apas state assemblyman Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan, who went to the scene, said the repair works would take some time and suggested alternative routes to bypass the closed stretch of road.

He advised light vehicles from Tawau to use the Jalan Sungai Burung estate road to get to Semporna, Kunak, Lahad Datu and Sandakan.

Motorists from Semporna, Kunak, Lahad Datu and Sandakan could use the Teck Guan estate road to get to Tawau, he said.

Ahmad Hadi, 56, a passenger of a bus from Sipitang which reached that stretch of road at about 5am today, said he saw tens of vehicles unable to pass.

He said he learned from another road user that the road shoulders had given way at about 10pm yesterday.

- Bernama

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