Flood preparations intensifies as more rain expected in Sarawak

The latest rainfall map compiled by the Sarawak Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) showing areas affected by rainfall as of noon yesterday.

MIRI: Ground logistics prepara­tions to deal with floods in Baram are being put in place ahead of the full onslaught of the landas season.

State assemblyman for Telang Usan Dennis Ngau said he is going to the ground to look into the preparations at the grassroots level.

“We must get the logistics preparations in place now such as the transportation needed for food relief aid deployment and the evacuation centres must be ready to accommodate flood victims,” he said.

The Sarawak Drainage and Irrigation Department’s (DID) midday rainfall distribution map showed dense rainfall clouds statewide.

“I am going to Long Lama this afternoon enroute into the settlements in the upper reaches of the Baram River Basin.

There are numerous flood-prone places that we must zoom in on such as Long Bemang.

I was told that the state welfare teams are also on the ground now,” Ngau said.

In the meantime, the Sarawak DID rainfall distribution map showed clouds throughout the state.

The latest map as at noon showed dense clouds in various parts.

Three divisions in Sarawak have been put on flood-alert as their interior river-basins swelled yesterday due to heavy rain.

The DID in its latest updates at noon said the flood alert was issued in Miri, Limbang and Sri Aman divisions.

The Limbang Basin river level is swelling (4.68 metres), so too Benawa river tributaries in interior Miri (6.98 metres) and Pantu rivers in Sri Aman (4.99 metres).

Residents living in these areas were told to be on alert for flash floods.

The Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department and other relevant agencies received notices of the latest flood alert from DID.

The Fire and Rescue department Bomba units are on standby for any eventualities.

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