Roadblock set up at Kg Senadin Jaya as flood waters pose hazard to residents, road users

Lee (third from left) visiting Kampung Kuala Batu Satu last night (Jan 12, 2021) to check on the flood victims.

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, 13 Jan: A roadblock was set up last night in front of Kampung Senadin Jaya by the Public Works Department (JKR) to stop vehicles from entering the flooded road at Kampung Batu Satu following non-stop heavy rain, says minister-in-charge of Miri Division Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) Datuk Lee Kim Shin today.

“It is dangerous; not only has the water level risen, but also there are boats from the Kpg Batu Satu Fish Market which have floated up to the road, brought by the big waves and king tide,” he said.

A total of 20 fishing boats had to be moved to the main Kuala Baram road as their boat sheds were flooded last night following incessant rain.

Lee who is also the Minister for Transport visited Kampung Batu Satu, Kuala Baram last night after receiving an alert from the villagers and fishermen about the flooding at Kampung Batu Satu.

After conducted a check on the ground, Lee instructed JKR to assist to temporarily close half of the road.

He also immediately called and coordinated with Miri JKR, Miri Department of Irrigation and Drainage, Miri City Council, Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba), the police, Civil Defence Force (APM) and other relevant agencies to assist the villagers.

Two families comprising four adults and four children who are the squatters in the area were evacuated to the community hall at Kampung Batu Satu with the help of Bomba.

Lee has also asked the Welfare Department and Miri APM to take care of the victims.

He also advised members of the public especially those residing in areas that are at high risk for flood to stay safe.

Members of the public may contact Bomba/police/APM at 999 if they need assistance or Miri Bomba at 085-422973.

At the same time, Lee also urged people to be vigilant against Covid-19 and to comply with standard operating procedures (SOPs) bearing in mind that Miri is now a Covid-19 red zone, following a recent drastic spike in the number of positive cases. — DayakDaily