Monday, August 10

DBKU identifying potentially hazardous trees across city


A DBKU contractor uses a crane to lift the cut branches and trees into a lorry.

KUCHING: The Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) is identifying and reviewing mature trees that have been planted for more than 30 years, which could potentially endanger the public.

Kuching North Datuk Bandar Datu Junaidi Reduan said the trees found to be a risk would be removed.

“The identified trees that pose a high risk to the public will be cut in phases in accordance to work schedules and will be replaced with new and suitable trees that can withstand strong winds,” he said in a statement released in connection with a windstorm that struck the city on Thursday afternoon, which uprooted several trees including those along Jalan Tun Datuk Patinggi Abdul Rahman Yakub.

Junaidi said all uprooted trees and fallen branches obstructing traffic flow in the area were removed immediately and the debris cleared within three days.

“As a city administrator of Kuching North, DBKU is currently conducting regular tree management through thorough inspection and mitigation exercise on all roadside trees and parks.

“We are also conducting timely health checks on the trees at the identified areas,” he said in the statement issued on Friday.

DBKU advised all motorists and road users to be cautious while driving during the current rainy season.