NGO praises authorities’ promptness in evacuating 32 families from Kpg Simpok hit by flash flood

The evacuation centre at SK St Peter, Kampung Simpok.

KUCHING, Feb 4: Habitat for Indigenous and Urban Programme (Hidup) has extended its gratitude to the authorities who helped evacuate 32 families involved in a recent flash flood at Kampung Simpok on Feb 1.

“The authorities’ prompt response in the rescue operation proceeded smoothly and efficiently.

“They were able to accommodate the flood victims despite the shortcomings of resources and manpower,” said its president, George Young Si Ricord Jr, in a statement today.


George, who is also the chairman of the Community-based Rehabilitation Centre (PPDK) Hidup Mesra Teng Bukap, was relieved that there were no casualties.

At the evacuation centre at SK St Peter Kampung Simpok, he was briefed by the school headmaster, Peter Lidong, who informed him that 180 residents were affected by the flood.

They now seek shelter at the school’s hall and the Kampung Mundai community hall, with facilities provided by the welfare department and Malaysia Civil Defence Force (APM).

It was also learned that the affected families would soon be allowed to go home as the water level had slowly subsided. — DayakDaily