Two schools in Selangau forced to close due to flash flood

Water level in the compound of SK Kuala Pelugau at alarming levels on Thursday.

SIBU, Feb 27: Flash floods from heavy intermittent rain has forced two schools in Selangau to close on Wednesday and Thursday (Feb 27).

The schools are SK Sungai Buloh and SK Kuala Pelugau.

According to State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN), the rising water levels of about 2.5 to 4 feet since Wednesday (Feb 26) resulted in SK Sungai Buloh to be inaccessible by the students and the teaching staff.

It said that because the school was in a low-lying area, it was even worse as water levels rose to more than 2 m high, affecting several buildings.

“All staff of the school comprising 11 teachers and eight Executive Group Agencies (AKP) and 143 students had been ordered to return home at 6.30pm yesterday (Feb 26),” it said.

SK Pelugau which was inundated under 1m of water had affected lessons on Thursday (Feb 27). JPBN said the school had 17 teaching staff and 96 pupils.

“Class could not proceed today (Thursday) due to the rising flood water. The boarding students had been asked to go home at 6.30am,” it added. —DayakDaily

Water level at SK Sungai Buloh reaches almost up to 3ft high.