2 Penans among 198 Long Lama villagers who braved floods to get Covid-19 vaccine jabs

Long Lama residents waiting in line to receive their Covid-19 vaccine shots.

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LONG LAMA, May 26: Some 200 village folks including two Penans braved the floods which have affected major areas in the interior of Long Lama in Miri Division here to get their Covid-19 vaccine shots on Tuesday.

According to a news report by Sarawak Public Communications Unit (UKAS), a total of 198 residents from Kampung Uma Akeh, Long Banyok and Kampung Sungai Dua have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Of the figure, two Penan village residents also came forward for their vaccination under the current ongoing phase two of the State Covid-19 immunisation programme that has been extended to senior citizens, high-risk individuals and people with disabilities.

Even though a major part of Long Lama — which is located 141km by road from Miri — was affected by floods, it did not stop the vaccine recipients from making the trip to the vaccination centres after being informed of their appointments.

On May 21, a few towns in Baram areas were hit by the worst floods in decades as residents were forced to evacuate as floodwaters continued to rise as river banks burst following continuous torrential rain.

Long Lama town was battered, with several government quarters inundated in at least seven-feet deep floodwaters.

Fortunately, the flooding situation in northern Sarawak has improved, with the water levels in most of the affected areas having gradually receded.

The temporary evacuation centre at SJK Kee Tee hall in Long Lama was closed on May 23 and flood victims have been allowed to return home. — DayakDaily