MIRI: Residents here have been warned to watch out for unexpected downpour and rising tides in the coming weeks as the landas (monsoon) season looms.
The division’s Disaster Relief Committee chairman Antonio Kahti Galis, who is also Miri Resident, said his office had issued warnings to resident-committees of villages for them to be extra cautious during this period.
Heavy rain lashed parts of northern Sarawak from Wednesday night up to yesterday morning, raising the water level to about 1.5m at several villages in Sungai Raan and Sungai Liam in Lambir district, and close to 1m at Pan Borneo trunk road near Lambir National Park.
Antonio said his team was bracing for possible flooding not only here, but also in the interiors of Baram.
“We are worried about the sudden heavy rain, as we saw happening this (yesterday) morning.
“If the downpour continues during the high or King’s tide, the danger of having flash floods is more imminent.
“Several riverside villages in Lambir and Lambir National Park are already inundated. Fortunately, the rain did not last too long. The floods subsided by (yesterday) afternoon, but we had issued warnings to all the other villages to be extra cautious.
“Although the Meteorological Department reported that the weather does not look that alarming, we should never be complacent. It is better to take precautions.
“This morning, the floods came rather suddenly in villages along Sungai Raan and Sungai Liam,” he said, adding that although the flash floods yesterday affected about 100 families, there was no need for any evacuation.
On the part of the division’s Disaster Relief Committee in any case of possible evacuation should the sudden heavy rain return, Antonio said they were ready.
“I have spoken to those in Marudi District Office and they too are prepared for any eventuality in the interior.
“We have prepared food for emergency distribution. Our manpower is also in place,” he said.
Supporting this, the division’s Fire and Rescue Department chief Supt Law Poh Kiong confirmed yesterday that his men were also on the ready.