KUCHING: A major flood hit the Julau Bazaar near Kanowit in central Sarawak, forcing all the 25 shophouses to close for the second day yesterday.
The water level was between 1m and 1.3m, Julau district police chief, Chief Insp Abdul Samad Amit, said in a telephone interview.
He said the flood was caused by continuous rains over the past several days, but the dark clouds had cleared yesterday.
There is no rain today (Tuesday) and it is hoped that the water level would recede, he said.
C/Insp Samad said this was the worst flood he had witnessed since his posting to Julau district several years ago.
In Sibu, the overall flood situation has improved, with the reopening of some of the schools which were closed on Monday.
The affected schools are located both in the town and its west bank villages.