Brunei: Ulu Belait hit by floods, no Covid-19 cases for 53 days


  • Brunei
  • Tuesday, 30 Jun 2020

Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong and other officials during the visit to Ulu Belait. - Borneo Bulletin/ANN

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, June 30 (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong led a contingent during a visit to Ulu Belait to assess the situation faced by residents affected by flooding.

The minister was welcomed by Belait District Officer and Belait District Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) Chairman Ramlee bin Haji Jamudin at the Merangking Hall.

Permanent secretaries and acting deputy permanent secretaries at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), permanent secretaries at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports; Acting Director of the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC), Penghulu and village heads of the affected areas and officers at the Belait District Office were also present.

The minister was briefed by Ramlee on the current situation faced by the residents in Mukim Bukit Sawat, parts of Mukim Merangking and Mukim Sukang. Residents have no access-ways as roads were blocked by flooding and traversing the flooded area was only possible by boat.

Action was taken to help combat the situation including continued monitoring of the water level and the distribution of basic necessities. The briefing touched on the efforts made by the NDMC and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces who used boats used to transport provisions

and residents.

The minister travelled by boat, starting at the boat jetty near the Orang Kaya Pemancha Berandai (OKPB) Primary School in Kampong Bukit Sawat, to visit the affected areas of Kandol and Kampong Bukit Sawat.

Meanwhile, Brunei Darussalam continued to flatten the curve with no new Covid-19 case reported in the country for the 53rd day, keeping the tally of confirmed cases at 141.

The 409 individuals who recently arrived in the country after travelling abroad are undergoing mandatory isolation at monitoring centres provided by the government.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar revealed the Covid-19 developments during the daily press conference at the Ministry of Health yesterday.

The minister said, “There is no new case in the country. The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Brunei remains at 141.”

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said 2,698 individuals completed their mandatory self-isolation at monitoring centres. - Borneo Bulletin/Asian News Network
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