Alerts issued for heavy rainfall across Sarawak this weekend

Flooded road. — DayakDaily.com file pic. //Photo: Pixabay

KUCHING, Dec 8: Heavy rain is expected in Sarawak and the East Coast states of Peninsular Malaysia until Sunday (Dec 10).

The divisions predicted to receive heavy rain for Sarawak include Kuching, Samarahan, Serian, Betong, Sarikei, Sibu and Mukah.

Warnings are also issued against fishing or beach activities as north-east winds of 40-50 kmph with waves up to 3.5 metres (11 ft) are expected to occur in waters off Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, East Johor, Sarawak, Sabah (Kudat, West Coast and Outback) and WP Labuan until Monday, Dec 11.

“These strong winds and rough seas are dangerous to small boats, marine recreation and sea sports,” warned the State Disaster Committee in a press release today.

As for river water level, state Irrigation and Drainage Department issued an alert especially for the areas around its Ukong station in Limbang where water levels continue to be on the rise.

The department also issued an alert for three other areas including Stapang in Sibu, Tamin in Mukah and Sungai Bawan in Mukah.

The water level in Stapang, Sibu is still rising while the water level in Tamin is stagnant and that in Sungai Bawan is residing.

Meanwhile, SK Kuala Kenyana in Mukah and SK Bakong in Sri Aman are found to be inundated with flood waters.

On normal days, there are 40 students and 14 teachers in SK Kuala Kenyana while, SK Bakong has 127 students and 20 teachers.

However, as presently it is still school holiday time, non-teaching staff and teachers assigned continue to perform their duties as normal in the affected schools. — DayakDaily