3 people rescued from car trapped in waist-deep floodwaters at Jalan Tong Wei Tah

APM officers wade through floodwaters to get to passengers trapped in a car at Jalan Tong Wei Tah. Photo credit: APM Kuching

KUCHING, March 18: An elderly man with special needs and two women had to be rescued from a car stuck in waist-deep floodwaters at Jalan Tong Wei Tah (in front of Maybank) as heavy rain and thunderstorms inundated many parts of Kuching and Samarahan this morning.

The Civil Defence Force (APM) Kuching District Major (PA) Wan Khairul Zakwan Wan Tajudden confirmed that its flood watch team had rescued the passengers trapped in the car in floodwaters at 10.27am.

One car was also reported to have broken down in the middle of the road near Sarawak General Hospital (SGH), Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg due to the floods.

APM teams helping to push a car that stalled and also direct traffic near SGH this morning. Photo credit: APM Kuching

APM officers helped to push the damaged car to the road shoulder so that it would not obstruct traffic flow in the area.

In addition, 24 houses in Kampung Gersik as well as some houses at Lorong Kampung Boyan were affected as floodwaters entered the houses. However, all the roads in the areas were still passable to vehicles while floodwater levels were reported to be receding slowly.

APM team inspecting the flood situation at a house at Lorong Kampung Boyan. Photo credit: APM Kuching

Apart from that, Tabuan Dayak and Kampung Sinar Budi at Jalan Desa Wira were among areas badly affected by the unexpected flash floods this morning. — DayakDaily

The flood situation in Jalan Gersik. Photo credit: APM Kuching