Children of inundated Long Bemang longhouse make the most of a bad situation

Children making the most of the flood which was hit the Long Bemang longhouse since late November.

By Nancy Nais

MARUDI, Dec 11: The older folks may be worried about the non-stop rain flooding the village, but children seem to be having fun, especially since it is happening during the school holidays.

More than 600 villagers from the 100-door Long Bemang longhouse in Apoh region have been hit by flood since Nov 30.

Despite this inconvenience, children were seen swimming in the floodwater, while the womenfolk continued their daily chores like cooking outdoors, even though their feet were covered in water.

As of 3pm today, flood levels at the Kayan longhouse rose to 2 feet as rainwater from the upper reaches of the Apoh river gushed down to the village.

Fire and Rescue department (Bomba) Sarawak acting deputy director Tiong Ling Hii said a team from the Marudi Fire station, police, and Civil Defence Force (JPAM) had been sent to Long Bemang to check on the situation.

The Welfare Department has been informed and relief assistance has been distributed to the flood victims. —DayakDaily

Despite the flood, womenfolk continue their daily housework like cooking outdoors.
The 100-door Long Bemang longhouse in Apoh region has been inundated by flood since Nov 30.