NEWS & UPDATES
Several Power Stations In Northern Region Forced To Shut Down Due To Rising Flood Waters
21 MAY 2021
Sarawak Energy is closely monitoring the flood situation in several rural areas in the Northern Region due to heavy and continuous rainfall. The utility provider’s priority is to keep the public safe from electrical hazards and will take the necessary measures to ensure this.
The utility is also on high alert to restore supply to the affected area the soonest once the situation improves. However, restoration in some areas may be affected by the flood waters, impeding any attempts for quick restoration.
“Safety is our top priority. Mulu Power Station was submerged in the flood and we have no choice but to shut down the station. Other stations include Long Lama, Bario, Long Seridan and power supply to parts of Limbang and Lawas have also been temporarily shut down due to rising floodwaters caused by heavy continuous rainfall. Power supply to these areas will be restored once the situation improves and safe to do so,” said Yusri Safri Vice President for Distribution.
Rising flood waters in some remote regions in the north also affected several access roads, which includes Long Peluan. The bridge serving the main road to Long Seridan also have collapsed and drifted away by rising flood waters disrupting access to the area. Access road between Bario and Long Bangga have also been affected due to landslides.
Sarawak Energy will switch off supply to substations and other facilities without prior notice during a flood or if rising waters causes a dangerous situation. Power supply will only be restored when it is safe to do so.
Public are requested to practise the following safety precautions during heavy rain or rising waters to minimise risks in the event of a flood.
BEFORE A FLOOD
Turn off the home supply at the main switchboard at the earliest sign of rising waters.
Move electrical equipment to an elevated position or area above the anticipated flood level at the earliest sign of rising waters.
DURING A FLOOD
Avoid using electrical appliances.
Do not go near submerged electrical installations (i.e. poles, substations, transformers etc).
If in a boat in a flooded area, be cautious of power lines. Swollen rivers may elevate the water level closer to high tension lines.
AFTER A FLOOD
Beware of fallen electrical poles.
Stay away from fallen electrical lines as they may still be energised.
Do not attempt to operate electrical appliances if these have been submerged in flood waters as this may cause electrocution or fire.
Engage a qualified electrician to inspect home/building wirings before turning on the main supply.
For more information, customers can contact Sarawak Energy's 24/7 Customer Care Centre at 1300-88-3111 or email to email@example.com.
Mulu Power Station is forced to shut down due to rising waters
Submerged transformer at Mulu Power Station