Tuesday, July 23

Committee keeps close watch on water level


SIBU: The Sibu Divisional Disaster and Relief Committee is keeping close tabs on the water level as heavy rain continues to pound amidst the king tide here.

Its chairman Sim Kok Kee assured that they were monitoring the situation closely, including the water level and rainfall.

Sim, who is also Sibu Resident, added that the committee is getting feedback on the water level and rainfall from the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) on a daily basis.

“All related government agencies here have been placed on full alert. As far as our preparations are concerned, we are ready for possible floods,” Sim told thesundaypost yesterday.

He said, among others, a total of 112 evacuation centres in Sibu Division had been identified.

Asked about the situation in areas like Selangau, he said he was still awaiting feedback.

He, however, assured that they were keeping close tabs on the situation in these areas as well.

Earlier, he disclosed that there would be an officer-in-charge to handle and manage the evacuation centres.

To a question, he said the number of evacuees would be subject to the size of the evacuation centre.

Citing an example, Sim said: “Dewan Suarah here for example, can accommodate about 600 people.”

The decision to restrict the number of evacuees to each centre  was to ensure that the health and hygiene of the evacuees would not be compromised,  he said.

Towards this end, he urged the public to give their full cooperation and to evacuate when told to do so.

The public can call the Resident’s Office at 084-330500/338422 for information about flood.