Friday, March 22

Fewer flood victims being put up at evacuation centres in Sarawak


IN HIGH SPIRITS: Pupils boarding a boat bound for SK Sungai Lemaus from Changgai Dali longhouse in the interior of Niah, about a two-hour drive from Miri. The school was among the areas still flooded in the state’s north.

KUCHING: The number of people still being put up at evacuation centres across the state has dropped to 1,924 from the 2,846 recorded on Friday.

As at 4pm yesterday, only 10 centres were still accommodating flood victims.

According to a spokesperson from the state Disaster Management Committee, the active centres are the ones here, Mukah, Miri and Limbang.

“Three centres in Limbang are sheltering 661 victims from 218 families, one in Kuching with five people from three families and one in Kota Samarahan with 889 victims from 270 families.

“In Miri, a total of 244 people from 76 families are still being housed at the evacuation centre, while 80 people from 27 families are at the evacuation centre in Mukah,” the spokesperson said.

According to the committee, the federal government through the National Security Council has delivered a total of 1,240 pieces of safety vests to the state.

“One hundred pieces have been delivered to Limbang and 90 to Miri, while the rest will be distributed across other parts of the state in stages soon,” it said, urging that all who are affected by the floods to always be sensitive of their surroundings and comply with instructions from the authorities, including the order for evacuation.