Sarawak: logging caused landslide kills loggers at logging camp
Three people were killed and seven injured when a landslide swept
through a logging camp in the Upper Limbang region of the Malaysian
state of Sarawak. The Bruno Manser Fund, an NGO that campaigns on
behalf of Sarawak’s indigenous people, links the landslide to logging.
“The landslide is a direct consequence of destructive logging
practices,” it said in a statement. “The landslide took place near
Long Sebayang on the upper reaches of the Limbang river.
Logging in the area, which is claimed by local Penan and Kelabit communities, has been controversial since the mid-1980s when locals set up a number of
logging-road blockades to prevent the timber companies from
encroaching their rainforests.” The group says that logging in the
area is currently being carried out by Lee Ling Timber, a company
headquartered in Limbang. Samling also operates in the area. Research
elsewhere has shown that removal of trees and vegetation from
hillsides can increase the incidence of landslides.
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