| Achong Tanjong |
A BUNGALOW at Kg Bebuloh is in a precarious condition after a section of the residence’s backyard caved in as a result of heavy rainfall recently. A wooden house just a few kilometres down the hill was nearly hit by the resulting landslide, which missed it by a few feet. No injuries were reported.
The 57-year-old home owner, Awg Timbul bin Yaba, and his eight family members yesterday said: “This is the second time this has occurred. The first instance was not as bad as this time”. The first landslide occurred in 2004.
Awg Timbul, a driver at RIPAS Hospital, said the incident happened at about 5am yesterday after a loud thunderstorm as the house starting shaking.
Another occupant, Awg Taufik, who was awake early preparing for school quickly went around waking other people in the house which was experiencing tremors.
The landslide washed away all the fruits trees planted in the backyard and damaged about 50 metres of land.
“Luckily, the 60 x 55 feet bungalow was built with a strong foundation, if not, everything would have collapsed. I called the authorities to help me fix house as I can’t afford to build another since I am close to retirement,” Awg Timbul said.
The relevant authorities have visited the home to provide support in the form of basic necessities as well as offering to move them to a temporary shelter called ‘Enap Desa Homestay’.
Representatives from the Brunei-Muara District Office, National Disaster Management Committee, Limau Manis Police Station, Fire and Rescue Department, Community Development Department and the village head of Kg Bebuloh inspected the damage.