Low-lying areas in Miri, Sibuti submerged in flood waters

The flooding at Sungai Rait area is waist-high.

MIRI, Aug 1: Many low-lying areas here and in Sibuti are now flooded following a downpour since about 2am today. As at 10.30am, there were no signs the incessant rain will stop anytime soon.

However, there has been no call for evacuation as yet, but the Miri Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) has sent a team to PLKN Camp in Sungai Rait to assist flood victims, said its chief, Supt Law Poh Kiong.

“Our men would continue to monitor the situation,” he assured, in a statement.

As at 10.30am, there were also no reports of schools being closed or students evacuated.

A vehicle is stranded in Taman Tunku, no thanks to the flood.
A 4WD vehicle attempts to pass through a flooded road in Taman Tunku early this morning.

However, a minor landslide was reported at Kampung Mei Min, Mile 6 1/2, along Jalan Miri-Bintulu, and Rumah Bakom at Mile 70 along Jalan Miri-Bintulu was reportedly affected by a storm, although the nature of the damage is unclear at this point in time.

SMK Agama Miri in flood waters.
Bukit Peninjau area is also hit by flood.
The section of Miri-Bintulu road near Lambir National park is not passable to vehicles following a heavy downpour this morning. Many vehicles had to detour to Miri coastal road.

State Disaster Relief Committee’s secretariat chief Major (Rtd) Ismail Mahedin, in a statement, said the rain started at about 2am and the flooded areas are Kampung Mei Min, Taman Tunku residential area, Rumah Lepong Ajai, Pujut Padang Kerbau, Jalan Tanjong Lobang Miri, Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Lepong Ajai, PLKN Camp Sungai Rait and Kampong Luak Bay.

The roads at Taman Tunku were not passable to small vehicles as at 8am, but around 10.40am, the flood waters there were said to be subsiding.

Flooding along the section of Miri-Bintulu Road near Lambir National Park forced motorists to detour to Miri coastal road. There was a massive traffic jam in the area as at 10am. — DayakDaily