MIRI: Flooding in northern Sarawak is spreading.
As of yesterday, eight villages, two longhouses, a clinic, an airport and about a dozen schools in Miri, Tinjar, Baram, Marudi, Limbang and Lawas districts had been hit by floods.
The eight villages in Lawas district in northernmost Sarawak were submerged in floodwaters measuring between one and two metres high.
Ninety-three people had been rescued from their homes so far in this district located adjacent to Sarawak’s borders with Sabah.
State Disaster Relief Management Committee, in its latest update, said the Trusan Community Hall on the outskirts of Lawas town was now operating as an emergency evacuation centre.
“The flood victims will be housed there until further notice, ” the committee said.
The eight flooded villages were Kampung Seberang, Kampung Gelapas, Perumahan Gelapas, Kampung Masjid Trusan, Kampung Lungan, Kampung Tengah Trusan, Kampung Lintang and Kampung Sundar.
In the meantime, Lawas Airport remained closed to flights until further notice.
The airport had been shut down since early Thursday.
The airport terminal and runway were inundated by floods caused by pre-dawn non-stop rain on Thursday.
Over in Miri division, Klinik Ulu Teru in Tinjar sub-district was submerged by a metre of water.
So too were SK Ulu Teru and SK Sungai Baong.
In the Baram district, SK Long Panai and SK Long Bedian were among the schools that had been badly hit.
Longhouse settlements of Long Bedian and Long Panai were also flooded.
In its latest update, Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department said it had deployed emergency teams to the flood-hit sites.
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