Number of flood evacuees reaches 4,887 as heavy rain continues

Flooded road. — DayakDaily.com file pic. // Photo: Pixabay

KUCHING, Feb 7: A total of 4,887 people from 1,419 families in seven divisions have been evacuated due to continuous heavy rain over the past few days.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee reported that all victims were placed in 31 flood evacuation centres; Samarahan (nine), Serian (11) Sri Aman (one), Sibu (two), Mukah (three), Bintulu (two) and Limbang (three).

Figures as at 8am today, showed Samarahan division still recording the highest number of flood evacuees at 1,857 from 534 families.

This was followed by Serian division with 1,564 evacuees from 459 families and Bintulu division with 504 evacuees from 145 families.

The report also stated that areas under ‘danger’ status include Sarikei, Bintulu, Miri and Limbang, while Semarahan, Serian, Sibu, Mukah and Kapit are under ‘warning’ status.


Meanwhile, 43 schools in the state were forced to close temporarily due to flood. 

A total of 5,380 students and 677 teachers from Selangau (nine), Mukah (eight), Dalat (seven), Limbang (five), Baram (four), Serian (four), Semarahan (three), Sibu (one) and Bintulu (one) were temporary sheltered in 10 other schools at SK Hj Bujang Rangawan, SK Mang, SK Hj Kelali Semera, SK Semarahan Estate, SK Parish Balingian, SK Tanah Putih, SK Bukit Arip, SJK (C) Tong Ah, SK Pangkalan Sorak Melayu, SK Kuala Bok Tinjar and SK Menuang Baru. — DayakDaily