Flood water level rises to 4.9 feet in Long Bemang as heavy downpours continue

Floodwaters rose up to 4.9 feet in Long Bemang on Oct 11, 2022 in this file photo.

KUCHING, Oct 12: Continuous heavy downpours over the past few days in Kampung Long Bemang, Baram has caused flood water levels to rise up to 4.9 feet yesterday.

More than 500 residents from the 100-door longhouse were affected.

Situated just next to the riverbank and on low ground in Tutoh Apoh Baram, Long Bemang is well known as a flood-prone village and to-date, this is the fourth flood the villagers have had to endure this year.

Miri Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) acting chief Ahmad Nizam Sapaiee in a statement said firefighters from the Marudi fire station led by Maureen Sim deployed to the scene reported that no evacuation was made at the moment as villagers had moved to the upper floor of their homes.

Flood water rose up to 4.9 feet in Long Bemang on Oct 11, 2022.

Based on the monitoring together with Long Bemang volunteer firefighters (PBS), the situation remains under control although the flood water level is on a rising trend.

Meanwhile, SK Long Bamang is not operating as the school was also inundated by flood water.

Firefighters helped to move heavier furniture and belongings to the upper floor. Meanwhile, villagers were told to take precaution and continuously remain alert. — DayakDaily