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SIBU, Feb 12: SK Nanga Kua in Selangau was inundated by up to 10 feet of water following a heavy downpour today, the fourth time in six years.
Headmaster Matu Ekum pointed out that as the school is located in a low-lying area, it was possible to be hit by flash floods during excessive rainfall.
“The worst floods such as that experienced this morning had occurred in 2015, 2017 and 2019,” he said when contacted today.
In this morning flood with water risen to 10 feet, Matu said that the school had to postpone their replacement class at 7.25am.
“Heavy rain started at 11pm last night and we were alerted by our security guard. All of the 40 boarding students and several teachers including myself were around at that time,” he said.
The school’s kitchen, store room, hostel, teachers’ quarters and dining hall were badly affected by the flood.
Matu said teachers have acted quickly to move food items kept in the store room to higher ground.
“Most of us did not sleep the whole night until this morning as we were busy shifting stuffs to higher ground for fear that the flood will worsen,” he said.
Parents of boarding students also came this morning to bring their children home.
The school has 12 teachers and 94 students out of which 40 of them are boarders.
“We have previously applied several times to the government to relocate our school to a higher ground but until now, nothing has come out of it yet,” he added.— DayakDaily