Call to lend a hand

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  • Friday, 10 Jan 2020

Rural Sarawak is still suffering serious floods two months since the start of the landas rainy season. — Photo: Civil Defence Unit

ALMOST every day, there are reports of schools and longhouses in the remote interior of Sarawak still battling floods, some two months since the landas rainy season started.

For example, SK Nanga Ibun in Kapit district, central Sarawak, is currently inundated by floodwaters reaching up to 1.5m in height.

The state Fire and Rescue Department said the floods started at about 3am on Tuesday morning and had yet to recede.

Pre-dawn torrential rain had caused the nearby river to overflow, it said in its latest updates.

The low-lying compound of the school is flooded up to 1.52m.

Muddy waters flowed into classrooms, the administration block, dining hall and hostels, distrupting schooling, said the department.

SK Nanga Ibun is one of many schools in the state often hit by flood woes whenever excessive rainfall is recorded.

The Welfare Department, district Fire and Rescue Department squads and Civil Defence Units have been hard at work trying to assist flood victims over the past few months.

These agencies are helping out with food relief aid, evacuation and even clean-up operations.

Until now, I have not heard of nor read about reports of any corporations helping out flood victims.

Logging companies and plantations should lend a helping hand – if they have not done so – as they have large-scale projects in the rural parts of the state, which are part of the flood-hit zones.

It is imperative that these timber companies and oil palm plantations contribute towards flood relief operations being coordinated by the government agencies.

These firms have not just the money but also the manpower and transport machinery needed to facilitate flood relief efforts.

Think if the aid and flood relief effort as giving back to the community.

One of the ways to do so now is to help victims of the floods that continue to make life difficult in many rural communities.

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