Flood: Pupils from 10 primary schools in Sibu skip classes

Jalan Khoo Peng Loong in Sibu under one foot of water.

SIBU, Sept 7: Pupils from 10 primary schools in the outskirt here could not go to school today due to flooding in and around their school compound following heavy rain.

Sibu education department officer, Ahli Chiba  said the affected schools are SK Tanjung Latap, SHK Chung Sing, SJK (C) Hang Kwong, SJK(C) Yong Shing, SJK(C) Kwong Kok, SJK(C) Sing Ming, SK Nanga Assan, SK Sungai Salim, SK Nanga Salim and SK Nanga Pak.

“These schools are under two feet of water level which made schooling difficult,” he said.

Sibu Division Disaster Management Committee chairman Charles Siaw said the flood was due to heavy rain and King Tide which caused the riverbank to swell.

“Heavy rain during the last few days and King Tide has resulted in flooding especially at low-lying areas,” he said.

In Song, 230 residents of a longhouse, Rumah Austin Ekau were affected by the flood.

Song Fire and Rescue Services Department reported that the 29-door single storey longhouse was under one foot of water.

However the residents were not evacuated as the situation is still manageable.

The situation is more critical in Kapit as the water level reaches up to two metres high.

A longhouse, Rumah John Ramba was inundated under two metres of water, forcing the 234 residents to be evacuated to higher ground.

The road to the longhouse is not accessible to vehicles, said Bomba.

Bomba added that Kapit town itself is under one metre of water which caused many shops to close for business.-DayakDaily