Sarawak Bomba on high alert as flood water levels continue to rise across state

PBB Henry Liew Kah Hong helps to evacuate flood victim Fatimah Marais, 76, in Kampung Baru, Kapit.

By Malcolm Lau

KUCHING, Sept 14: Sarawak Bomba continues to monitor potential flood situations round-the-clock as continuous rainfall over parts of Sarawak for the past week caused flooding in some areas.

According to a statement from the state Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) operations centre, firefighters were called in to help evacuate a 76-year-old female senior citizen by carrying her to her relative’s house at Kampung Baru, Kapit at 11pm last night. The water level in the said area had exceeded 1.5 metres.

Other residents whose houses were not affected were also advised to evacuated to their relatives’ house.

Meanwhile, the water level at Kampung Muhibah, Kapit was reported to have risen 0.3 metre, affecting 16 houses in the area last night at 8.56pm.

Rh Philimon at Ng Bawai, which is 20km from Kapit, was affected by flood as well. The longhouse chief had reported that some residents were being evacuated to a nearby school as water levels had exceed 0.5 metre.

Meanwhile, a total of 100 residents from Long Bemang, Marudi were affected by a flood base on a Bomba this morning. The water level in Long Bemang is now receding but the residents are ready to evacuate if the floods continue.

Long Loyang and Marudi are also currently experiencing floods and water levels were reported to be increasing as of midnight.

Some areas in Sibu were also not spared this morning, with Jalan Khoo Peng Loong under one-foot of water due to the river overflowing. The water level at Jalan Salim Stabau is still increasing, with the road only accessible to large vehicles.

The condition at Jalan Lanang and Jalan Kampung Hilir is still under control as of press time. — DayakDaily