Friday 6 June 2014

Two killed by landslide in Sabah State, Malaysia.

Two people have been killed by a landslide at a logging site in Sabah State, Malaysia, on Wednesday 4 June 2014. Aliman Juvie De Jesus (21) and Yande Jugadora (24) were were carrying out survey work at the Ulu Tomani site when they were buried by a mudslide after a downpour. The men were dug out by their colleagues, as the site, which is about 100 km from the town of Tenom, had no telephone or internet connection with which to call emergency services.

The approximate location of the Ulu Tomani landslide. Google Maps.

Landslides are a common problem after severe weather events, as excess pore water pressure can overcome cohesion in soil and sediments, allowing them to flow like liquids. Approximately 90% of all landslides are caused by heavy rainfall. Sites where mature forests are being cleared, particularly in tropical areas, as tree roots help to stabilize hillslopes, and removal of trees can destabilize such areas. Sabah has a wet season running from October to March and a dry season running from April to September, though the dry season also experiences considerable rainfall, typically receiving about 285 mm of rain in June.

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