SDMC urged to provide assistance, relief to victims of recent Sibu floods

Students of private school Glow Academy make their way to classes over flood waters and students using a temporary raised pathway made from chairs.

SIBU, Sept 15: Sibu PBK requests the state government to intervene in and tackle the issues faced by those affected by the recent floods in Sibu.

Sibu Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) central committee treasurer Jamie Tiew disclosed the floods in Sibu have caused severe damage to local farmers.

“Regarding this major flood, Sarawak’s central region suffered extremely severe impact and damage.


“The farmers in the Central Region suffered particularly heavy losses. Farmers’ vegetable gardens, orchards, livestock farms, etc are soaked (sic) in one or two feet of water. The flood directly causes the farmers to lose income.

“PBK calls on the government to immediately issue an order for SDMC (Sarawak Disaster Management Committee) to initiate emergency special disaster relief funds to assist farmers who have suffered severe flood damage so that they can overcome the difficulties.

“The party also hopes that the government will see and hear the Sibu Central Planters Association’s request for government assistance,” Tiew highlighted in a press statement today.

Jamie Tiew

She asserted that at the same time, Sibu PBK hoped that officials from all relevant government units and departments will immediately patrol different parts of Sibu to assess the damage of the floods so as to facilitate the planning of future preventive measures and implementation of effective solutions.

“The scope of the floods’ effect this time is wide, and the places involved also include the houses of many. Many schools in low-lying locations were also deeply damaged by the floods and students are still required to go to school. Many roads are impassable.

“The economic activities of the people are seriously affected. PBK hopes that the government will be sympathetic to the people and launch emergency special disaster relief funds to aid farmers and those who have suffered as a result of the flood,” Tiew added. — DayakDaily