KUCHING, Jan 9: The flood that inundated Kampung Bijuray Mogag, Bau, under four feet of water on Monday is the second flood to hit the villagers since 2016.
Continuous rain caused the water level from the upper reaches of Mogag River to overflow the riverbank and enter the houses, affecting 29 families.
Puncak Borneo Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Women chief Athina Klaywa Sim, who is also the exco of AMK Keadilan Malaysia, and her team rushed to help the villagers upon receiving news of the flood.
“Last night, PKR Serembu together with Hope Place visited the victims at the Dewan Kampung Bijuray. We handed some basic necessities to the victims,” Athina said in a statement today after she visited houses that were affected by the flood.
She was accompanied by officers from the Malaysia Civil Defence Force (APM) and Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) yesterday.
The visit was to hand over wheelchairs to several victims and to assess the damage inflicted. The flood damaged household items such as electrical goods, mattresses, chairs and food, including rice.
“The villagers are facing high losses because the flood also affected their livestock, such as poultry and fish. I hope the residents of Kampung Bijuray will remain strong during this hardship.
“I also like to advise all villagers in Serembu to be cautious during the rainy season. In the event of floods, the priority should be given to the elderly, children and the sick,” she said.
Following the flood, Athina suggested that the state government build a retaining wall along Mogag River to prevent the water from overflowing in the future.
Athina added, “I want to thank the enforcement authorities involved, such as APM and Bomba, who acted with speed in their rescue mission. I want to thank Kelvin Wan from Hope Place also for never failing to extend his assistance to Serembu every time flood hits.” — DayakDaily