Asia Briefs: Landslide-hit highway in Malaysia reopens

A landslide occurred along the Karak highway which links Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan in Pahang on Nov 11, 2015.
A landslide occurred along the Karak highway which links Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan in Pahang on Nov 11, 2015. PHOTO: CHINA PRESS

Landslide-hit highway in Malaysia reopens

BENTONG • All lanes of the Kuala Lumpur-Karak highway were reopened yesterday, following a three-day closure due to a landslide.

Bentong district police superintendent Mansor Mohd Nor said the stretch of highway near Lentang, which was closed following a landslide late Wednesday evening, was reopened at around 1pm yesterday.

Two of the four lanes were reopened on Saturday. Four cars were trapped by the landslide amid heavy rains but no one was injured.


Missile launch? N. Korea declares no-sail zone

SEOUL • North Korea has declared a no-sail zone off its east coast in a sign it could be preparing for a missile launch, Yonhap news agency reported yesterday.

The warning covers all movement of ships from Nov 11 to Dec 7 for an area off the North's central coast, the agency said, quoting an unnamed government source.

"We are observing closely whether North Korea will launch a Scud missile or a new model of ballistic missile because the area under the warning is quite vast," a government source was quoted as saying by Yonhap. BLOOMBERG

21 dead, 16 missing in China landslide

BEIJING • A landslide that engulfed homes in China killed at least 21 people, with 16 still missing, as heavy rains brought misery across a swathe of the country.

Photos posted on Sina Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter, showed rescue teams working through the night as they attempted to pull people from mud and rock that had buried 27 houses in Zhejiang province. More than 300 people were evacuated after the landslide, which struck on Friday evening, state broadcaster CCTV said.


Beijing and Vientiane reach $8.9b rail deal

BEIJING • China aims to complete laying a 418km railway from a border town to Laos by 2020, the official China Economic Herald reported, as it seeks a new route into the emerging markets of South-east Asia.

The two countries agreed on Friday to jointly build a 40billion yuan (S$8.9 billion) railway from the border town of Boten to the Laos capital Vientiane, the Herald reported.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 16, 2015, with the headline 'Asia Briefs: Landslide-hit highway in Malaysia reopens'. Print Edition | Subscribe