Floods hit interior northern Sarawak

By Stephen

Floods hit Baram and Marudi district in northern Sarawak due to heavy rain. Photo courtesy of Bomba

MIRI: Two rural districts in northern Sarawak are grappling with floods in numerous riverine settlements following heavy rain since Thursday night.

As of yesterday morning, Rumah Stapang and Rumah E-Kasih in Marudi district were inundated by about half a metre of floodwaters.

Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department have deployed personnel to the affected longhouses to help.

Marudi Bomba in its latest report said Rumah Stapang blocks A, B, C, D and E are flooded.

The waters entered the interior of these longhouses after Sungai Stapang overflowed its banks in the early morning hours.

In Baram district, incessant rain also saw the Long Lenei riverine settlement and school flooded. Long Lenei is at least six hours by timber road from Miri.

SK Long Lenei, which has about 100 students, teachers and boarders, was under about 0.6m of water yesterday morning.

The Sarawak Disaster Relief Committee said the situation is expected to worsen.

“It has been raining non-stop since last night and the school flooded after Sg Linau overflowed its banks.

“The flood level is expected to rise further,” said committee secretary Major Ismail Mahedin.

The secretariat has deployed staff to help at the flood-hit sites.

The students, boarders and staff have not been evacuated as yet and have taken shelter in the hall while awaiting help.

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