Long Peluan folk face bleak days after blaze

MIRI: While the rest of Sarawak is talking about the upcoming general election, the more than 100 native residents of Long Peluan in the deep forests of northern Sarawak are wondering where they will sleep next.

They are also wondering where their next meal will come from.

The residents lost their houses, vehicles, personal documents and all their belongings in a Friday fire that swept through the longhouse.

Long Peluan is a longhouse settlement deep in the Ulu Baram district in the remote jungles of northern Sarawak.

Firemen from Marudi and Miri, who reached the site located 300km from Miri, saw flames still burning at 7.30am on Friday.

The fire destroyed a longhouse with 19 households as well as several 4WD vehicles.

A resident combs through the wreckage.
Miri Fire and Rescue Department chief Supt Law Poh Kiong said initial probes showed that the fire had started at about midnight.

“The site is near the Kalimantan border is only accessible by timber roads.

“That is why our units only arrived in the morning.

“Luckily, there were no fatalities,” he said, adding that the cause of the fire was being probed.

The Fire and Rescue Department teams at the site are also helping to sort out temporary shelters for the victims, who included the elderly and children.

Supt Law said the department has already alerted the welfare authorities on the plight of the Long Peluan residents.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2018/04/07/long-peluan-folk-face-bleak-days-after-blaze/