Middle Baram flooded again


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  • Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015

A section of a road near Kampung Seringgus, near Bau, which is about 30km from Kuching city centre, that collapsed due to the incessant rain and floods in Sarawak. - Photo courtesy of reader of The Star

MIRI: The middle Baram region in interior northern Sarawak has been hit by another round of floods, the second within a month to hit the same region.

Parts of the Mulu National Park have been inundated as of press time yesterday, following a day of

incessant rain.

These parts in the world heritage national park flooded yesterday were the same areas that were

inundated two weeks ago.

Long Panai, Long Tungan and Long Iman were also flooded yesterday, the same settlements that were

flooded before.

This time, however, the floods have extended to more populated settlements including Long Beluan, Long Bemang, Long Luak, Long Semiang, Pakan, Long Ukit and Kuala Tutoh.

Three schools in Baram had also been closed yesterday morning – SK Long Panai, SK Long Bemang and SK

Long Tungan.

Telang Usan State Assemblyman Dennis Ngau told Sarawak Metro yesterday that he had received information that the latest round of floods to hit Baram was more severe than the first round two weeks ago.

“Many more settlements were inundated by flood waters today, some places with the water reaching more than a metre high already.

“I have called on the residents of low-lying settlements and those riverine longhouses that are

located just next to river banks to prepare for evacuation.

“The Marudi District Office has also activated its emergency relief operations centre. The rivers

are overflowing very fast.

“I told the residents that they must not wait until their entire longhouse is flooded before they

move.

“Once they see the water entering their building, they must pack their belongings and important personal items like vital documents, and must prepare to move out already.

“The Marudi District Office, the police, the Fire and Rescue Department and the welfare authorities

are now coordinating plans to faciliate the evacuation,” he said.

To a question, Ngau said the welfare authorities had already prepared enough food supplies to

be deployed into the areas identified as temporary relief centres to house the evacuated residents.

On how the evacuation will be carried out as the timber roads are already inundated, he said the Fire and Rescue Department had already prepared boats that were needed to carry people and food.

Marudi town would function as the main focal point for the coordination of evacuation and deployment of emergency food aid into ulu Baram, he said.

About an hour by road from Miri City, Marudi town is the transit point into the interior settlements of Baram. Baram is a parliamentary constituency that is as large as the state of Pahang.

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