Flood preparation stepped up in flood-prone areas in Ulu Baram

Ngau checking the condition of a road near a rural settlement in Ulu Baram. — STEPHEN THEN / The Star

MIRI: A move to supply food to flood-prone settlements in northern Sarawak has been initiated amid uncertain weather condition.

Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau said the state had started stocking up food for flood hotspots in Ulu Baram, one of the areas most badly hit by floods in Sarawak in the past.

“There are several places that are known for major floods, especially in the Apoh-Tutoh region, Long Bemang, Long Lellang and Long Pilah.

“We are working with state agencies, including Welfare Department, to identify locals living in these places.

“We want to make sure that there are enough food supply at the settlements before the floods,” he told StarMetro on the state’s preparations to face the monsoon or landas season.

Ngau said he was informed that the weather was expected to worsen in the coming weeks.

“I am worried about major floods. It will be dangerous for every one to travel on rural roads,” he added.

Ngau is constantly on ground to check on his constituency to ensure preparations for floods are going smoothly.

Telang Usan, which is the size of Johor, has many flood-prone riverine settlements and schools. Most rural roads here will likely be inundated with water during floods.

Sarawak is kept on flood alert amid the year-end rainy season.

So far, no evacuation has been reported in any part of the state despite torrential rain in the southern districts.

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