Continuous rain causes floods, landslides in Miri

Lukanisman (second left) photographed during his visit to one of the flooded areas (first screen) and the landslide at Beraya. Photo: Lukanisman's Facebook page

MIRI, Oct 10: Continuous rain since Saturday (Oct 8) has caused landslides and floods in several areas in the Sibuti federal constituency here.

According to a report by Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) yesterday, Sibuti MP Lukanisman Awang Sauni has raised this matter to the Subis District Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) for further action.

Among the areas affected were Kejapil, Beraya, Keluru, Rh Mokeng, Kampung Subak, Bukit Peninjau and other areas in the vicinity along Pan Borneo Highway road in Lambir.

“I have received photos of the landslide in Beraya around 5.15pm (yesterday) via WhatsApp group and I have forwarded this to the Subis DDMC Operations Room and Public Works Department (PWD).

“Around 6.30pm later, the police has notified that the road was closed and barriers have been installed.

“For now, users of the Beraya-Kejapil-Semuru route can use the road to Bekenu to get to the coastal road or the Pan Borneo route to Miri,” he said in a Facebook post yesterday.

A check by Ukas found that landslides also occurred along Jalan Beluru-Bukit Peninjau and Jalan Simpang Lapok-Ulu Tinjar.

The incidents were immediately reported to the Public Works Department (JKR) for immediate action.

At the same time, Subis DDMC has activated its operations room to monitor the floods and rising water level in the district yesterday.

According to a spokesperson from Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) yesterday, a temporary evacuation centre (PPS) at Dewan Rumah Mentali was ready to accommodate flood victims.

At 10am today, Miri Civil Defence Force (APM) disclosed that high-risk locations for flooding included 16-door Rh Sumob, 36-door Rh Richard and 49-door Rh Jelanie in Saeh with the highest water level recorded at 2 feet.

However, APM reported that the situation is under control with water levels showing a decreasing trend and no victims have been reported to be evacuated. — DayakDaily