Heavy rain blamed for flash flood of Pan Borneo Highway section near Batang Skrang, JKR Sarawak installs flood benchmarks as precautionary measures

A photo of the flash flood incident at the P Roundabout, Batang Skrang (CH88 + 200) Work Contract package 04, Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak.

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, May 26: Public Works Department (JKR) Sarawak has revealed that the flash flood incident at the P Roundabout, Batang Skrang (CH88 + 200) Work Contract package 04, Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak, was caused by non-stop heavy rain over four days since May 23.

According to a press release from JKR Sarawak, the continuous heavy rain caused the nearby Batang Skrang to burst its banks, leading to flooding in various areas surrounding the location.

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JKR Sarawak also stated that the phenomenon of large tides caused an overflow of rainwater that failed to flow into the Batang Skrang, causing water to flow back to the land area (water backflow), resulting in flash floods.

“As an immediate precaution, JKR Sri Aman Division and JKR Betong Division have installed flood benchmarks as warning signs near the affected areas.

“In addition, the contractor has dispatched two Emergency Response Teams from Kuching-Sibu and Sibu-Kuching, and a backhoe has been stationed near the affected area to prepare for any machinery-related emergencies.

“Based on monitoring until 5pm this afternoon, the flood situation began to subside, and some vehicles were able to pass through the affected road,” said JKR Sarawak in the press release.

It also advised the public to drive carefully through the affected areas and to prioritise their own and other road users’ safety. — DayakDaily

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