Floods cause travel woes in remote areas


A flooded road leading to Long Atip in Baram district.

MIRI: The stormy weather in parts of northern and central Sarawak is making the transportation of food supplies to remote settlements here more difficult.

Some rural roads linking settlements in Ulu Baram to the outer areas were flooded following heavy rain.

Long Atip and Long Wat in remote Baram district were also badly hit.

Society for Rights of Indigenous Peoples of Sarawak (Scrips) have urged for caution given the current change in weather patterns.

Its secretary Michael Jok said the sudden storms over the past few days were unusual.

“This time of the year is supposed to be the start of the dry season but we are seeing storms almost everyday. Villagers in Long Atip and Long Wat have sought help after they were cut off by floods, ” he said.

Besides floods, there were landslides in parts of northern and central Sarawak.

The bad weather is adding to the hardship faced by folks during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In Miri, a landslide at Rumah Mawan located along Sungai Sukong in Lambir sub-district affected 39 people.

Part of their land caved in and the landslide caused cracks to appear on the walls and floors of houses.

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