Evacuation option ready for three flood-hit Iban longhouses

SRI AMAN: At least three Iban longhouses and several houses in two Malay villages have been hit by flood following continuous rain in the last few days.
However, the Sri Aman Divisional Disaster Operation Room at the Resident’s Office said the situation as of yesterday was still under control.
Its spokesperson said the affected longhouses Rumah Lancaster King, Tanjung Bijat involving eight families and 30 residents; Rumah Bujau, Taba Baru in Tanjung Bijat (8 families and 37 residents); Rumah Ujang, Tanjung Bijat (7 families and 25 residents); Kampung Sekait (5 families and 31 residents); and Kampung Melayu Baor, Tanjung Bijat (14 families and 47 residents).
“A total of 170 residents affected by the flood are still staying at their homes because the flood situation in these five areas is not at dangerous level,” he said.
However, should they be relocated, the authority will be opening evacuation centres especially the one at SK Tanjung Bijat in Sri Aman.
He said the Divisional Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) reported that residents along Sungai Pantu should be on the alert and be prepared for evacuation.
Should they be relocated, their evacuation centre is at SJK Chung Hua Pantu and the meeting room at Pantu sub-district office, he said.
The 18 evacuation centres in Sri Aman include sub-district offices of Lingga, Lubok Antu and Engkilili. The operation room is now operating from 8am to 10pm daily.
Any report on flood incidents around Sri Aman must be channelled to the operation room which can be reached at 083-323366, he told the public.
Meanwhile Rural Development Assistant minister Datuk Francis Harden Hollis urged the DID and Public Works Department (JKR) to repair the wooden bridge and gravel road at Nanga Skrang Ulu immediately.
He pointed out that the 40-foot bridge that connects a school and seven villages was damaged while the road is only passable by one vehicle via one lane
Harden, who is also Simanggang assemblyman, said if the bridge and road are not repaired immediately, the situation could worsen to the extent of posing danger to road users.
Meanwhile, 30 residents at Kebuaw in Mukah were affected by flooding and their predicament was further compounded after the access road was closed.
Mukah Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) said they are monitoring the situation there after the residents expressed their concern on the danger due to rising waters.
A spokesperson from Mukah Bomba said they hoped the weather would be fine in the next few days or some evacuation may be imminent.

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