MIRI: Stocks of food-supplies for flood-prone settlements are being deployed into rural northern Sarawak.
The Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department have two helicopters on standby to aid the delivery of food supplies from Miri into the deep interior.
More than 100 land vehicles, boats and trucks are being prepared too.
Seven forward bases have been identified and all agencies are being told to expect a rainy season that may stretch from November next month to March next year.
These topics were brought up for discussions yesterday during a multi-agency flood-preparation meeting in the Resident Office in Miri.
Miri Fire Chief Supt Law Poh Kiong in his briefing, said the Fire and Recue Department helicopters will be stationed in Miri once the rainy season starts.
“The helicopters will be used in food deployment, emergency evacuations, deployment of personnels for search and rescue missions and aiding other agencies as and when the situation needed our help.
“Earlier this year our helis were used in food deployment too to settlements that cannot be reached by land.
“The helis will be very useful in search and rescue missions too,” he said.
During the meeting, the Miri Divisional Disaster Relief Committee was told that the Meteorological Department predicts a landas season in Sarawak that may be long.
The landas in this state - the equivalent of the monsoon in the peninsula - is expected to hit Sarawak starting next month in early November.
It is expected to last until March next year, according to a press statement issued after the meeting.
Miri and northern Sarawak may see between 300mm to 500mm of rainfall during the peak of the landas.
In the meantime, seven emergency food-supply bases have been identified for rural northern Sarawak.
They are located in Long Jegan, Long Loyang, Long Teran Kanan, Long Teran Kiri, Long Bemang, Long Iman and Kpg Melinau.
Evacuation centres throughout northern Sarawak that can take in more than 10,000 flood victims have also been identified.
Aside from Bomba Miri Fire Department, other agencies at the meeting yesterday were Miri Civil Defence Unit, Meteorological Department Sarawak, Welfare Department, district offices, Public Works Department and Drainage and Irrigation Department.