More families to be evacuated due to floods

A Civil Defence Department personnel seen carrying a baby whose family had to be evacuated yesterday in one of the areas affected by flood in Kuching division. Photo courtesy of Civil Defence Department

KUCHING: Latest statistics by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee shows that more families have to be moved to evacuation centres due to flooding caused by torrential rain.

As of 12pm today (Feb 5), the committee have reported that 2,640 victims from 727 families from five divisions state were forced the evacuate.

Bintulu is the latest division added to the list.

Samarahan division still recorded the highest number of flood evacuees at 1,471 evacuees from 407 families followed by Serian division at 562 evacuees from 149 families, Kuching division with 240 evacuees from 55 families, Mukah division with 187 evacuees from 58 families and Bintulu 180 evacuees from 58 families.

The committee also reported that 10 new evacuation centres were opened in Samarahan, Serian, Mukah and Bintulu division today.

On Feb 3, the Malaysian Meteorological Department issued a Yellow Level Weather Alert Warning that continuous heavy rain is expected until today (Feb 5) in Kuching, Serian, Mukah, Bintulu and Miri divisions.

Civil Defence Force state director Colonel (PA) Mohtar Samat yesterday said the latest round of flooding in Sarawak was due to incessant heavy rain from last Thursday coupled with the King Tide.

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