Wednesday, January 22

Miri Division tops flooded schools list


The flooded road to Rh Panjang Kejemut, Skrang and Rh Panjang Tembong, both in Engkilili, is not passable by any vehicle.

MIRI: Miri Division topped the list of flood-hit schools yesterday, with three of the six affected primary schools in the state in Marudi District.

The State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) said that Sarawak Education Department (JPNS) had reported to them that the six schools affected were SK Tabut Lubok Antu (Sri Aman); SK Merambut (Limbang); SK Lunying, Sebuyau (Samarahan); SK Sg Kelabit, SK Pengarah Entri and SK Sungai Bong in Miri.

According to the State Disaster Management Committee, as of 3pm yesterday, only SK Merambut in neighbouring Limbang Division was reported to be flooded.

Due to the torrential rain yesterday, the water level at these areas rose to between 0.5m and 1m.

No evacuation was required as all the schools were closed due to year-end holiday.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian Civil Defence Betong branch yesterday said their team which was monitoring the situations in Engkilili area reported that three roads leading to Rh Panjang Kejemut, Skrang and  Rh Panjang Tembong, both in Engkilili were flooded and not passable by any vehicle.

The flood at SK Sungai Bong in Ulu Teruin, Miri Division.

The Malaysia Meteorological Department has alerted that heavy rainfall will be expected from yesterday until December 5 affecting Kuching, Serian, Samarahan, Sri Aman, Betong, Sarikei and Mukah.

Separately, Miri City was hit by flash floods in several areas following five hours of downpour the previous night as monsoon rain pelted northern Sarawak and swelled rivers.

The authorities are monitoring the situation and expect more episodes of flooding to occur this monsoon season which started last month.

Over in Marudi, Assistant Minister of Local Government and Housing Datu Dr Penguang Manggil, who is Marudi assemblyman, when contacted, said all the low-lying areas along Batang Tinjar were flooded as expected.

He was in Marudi the day before and as he expected the river burst its banks as the rainy weather continued.

On the state of readiness to face floods in his constituency, Penguang said all the community emergency response teams (CERTs) were ready and well-versed with the standard operating procedure in facing monsoon flood.

“All the relevant agencies under the watchful eyes of Beluru district officer and Baram district officer are on alert,” he assured.