By Lian Cheng
KUCHING, Apr 17: The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) has been bracing for dry weather since three weeks ago.
Its chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Ambas said a few weeks ago, triggered by a shortage of water in Marudi, SDMC had already informed all divisional disaster committees to brace for fire in Miri and dry weather in other parts of Sarawak.
“Three weeks ago, Marudi experienced a water shortage. During that time, SDMC had informed all divisional disaster committees to brace for dry weather,” Uggah told DayakDaily.
He said SDMC is fully aware that dry weather is setting in and all division disaster committees have been informed to brace for drought, especially those prone to dry spells.
“While we are busy fighting Covid-19, we are also on full alert on the fight against rabies as well as making preparation to brace for dry weather. We did not forget our other roles,” assured Uggah.
Meanwhile, Marudi assemblyman Datuk Penguang Manggil when contacted said he is ever ready for any issues cropping up in his constituency.
“Marudi has been experiencing occasionally drought and we are bracing for it. Our divisional disaster committee is already on the alert.
“The people have been informed that whenever they experience any natural disaster such as drought, they can contact the district office directly. Once district office is informed, normally, aid such as drinking water will be sent the next day.
“All standard operation procedures (SOP) are already in place on the ground. There has been no issue so far for us to deal with drought,” said Penguang.
He said the latest case he received was water shortage in Rumah Beruang, Sungai Buri, Marudi where drinking water was sent in yesterday.—DayakDaily