Interior areas to get food supply in preparation for floods in Sarawak

MIRI: Food stocks that can last six months are being deployed into interior Sarawak in preparation for floods.

The Sarawak Disaster Relief Committee issued a directive to all district offices on the food stock preparation.

The Star was informed that the six months supply is needed in case the impending floods take a turn for the worse.

“Six months supply for the interior folk should last the coming landas rainy season in Sarawak remote districts,” said a source.

The suspension bridge in Nanga Kesit that collapsed due to the floods.
The suspension bridge in Nanga Kesit that collapsed due to the floods.

Meanwhile flash floods due to a swelling river resulted in the collapse of a suspension bridge in the Nanga Kesit locality in the Lubok Antu district in southern Sarawak.

Hundreds of residents have been cut off from the outside world as the bridge cannot be used anymore.

Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department in its latest updates said the rushing waters caused by the overflowing river brought down the bridge that was built across the wide river.

The Betong Fire and Rescue Department received an alert for help from affected villagers on Wednesday night.

“The force of the rushing water caused the bridge to collapse.

There are villagers who are cut off as they cannot cross the river,” said a spokesman from the department.

Fire and Rescue personnel are at the site to check on the situation and to help the affected residents.

Lubok Antu is in the Sri Aman division.

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