MIRI: Torrential rain in various districts in northern and central Sarawak on Saturday and Sunday have left a trail of destruction.
Limbang town centre in northern Sarawak was flooded over the weekend, disrupting traffic and business activities.
In Pakan town in central Sarawak in the Julau district, a 74-year-old man, Ukat Abon, drowned after he was washed away by swift river currents while fishing at the bank of Sungai Julau.
He went missing on Friday but his body was only found on Sunday at about 9am, some 2km from where he was last spotted.
In Miri city, non-stop rain since late Saturday night caused hillslope collapse, mudflows and floods in two villages.
These resulted in the evacuation of 15 families as at Sunday morning for safety reasons.
The Fire and Rescue Department and Civil Defence Unit assisted in the evacuation.
Miri Civil Defence chief Capt Hazle Shah said eight house were affected by floods and mudflows in Kampung Pujut Tanjung Batu.
“These eight families with 29 people in total were evacuated to Masjid Darul Ehsan in Kampung Piasau Jaya temporarily.
“Another 24 people staying in seven houses in Kampung Lereng Bukit were also evacuated to the community hall,” he stated in his update to the district disaster relief committee.
The affected residents were told to vacate their homes following the collapse of sections of slopes at Canada Hill overlooking the village.
“The soil has become loose due to heavy water flow after the continuous downpour,” said Miri Fire and Rescue Department chief Supt Law Poh Kiong.
“Those living at the foothills or on top of the slopes must exercise extra caution.”
Firefighters have been despatched to the hill to check on slopes that have become unstable.
Senadin assemblyman Datuk Lee Kim Shin and Piasau assemblyman Datuk Sebastian Ting visited various sites affected by the floods and hillslope erosion.
Both urged residents to move out immediately should there be any soil movement.