Sunday, January 19

Overnight downpour triggers flash floods in parts of state

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An APM member speaks to a resident in Nanga Tamin following the flash flooding.

KUCHING: A few areas in the state were affected by flash floods following overnight downpour yesterday.

The State Disaster Management Committee in a statement said Kampung Mentu Tapu in Serian, Kampung Siang-Siang in Lawas and Nanga Tamin were among those hit, although no evacuation of residents was necessary.

The statement said four homes in Kampung Mentu Tapu were affected when water levels rose to about four feet around 2.30am, before subsiding around 10am.

A pickup truck seen manoeuvring through the flood-hit road to Nanga Tamin yesterday.

At Kampung Siang-Siang, the water rose between one and two feet around 2am, affecting two houses near the village’s main road. The press statement added that Civil Defence Force (APM) personnel in Lawas and Serian were dispatched to the respective locations to assist affected residents.

It also reported that the road to Nanga Tamin rose to about a foot around 3pm but was still passable to heavy vehicles, while the area at Batang Oya bridge was experiencing high tide yesterday, making it a high-risk area for flooding.

“However, residents from Tebalong and Nanga Tamin could still use alternative ways to go to Stapang town using their own boats, and so far, the schools, longhouses and residents along Batang Oya river are not affected by flood,” said the statement.