Flood alert in Sarawak

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  • Friday, 14 Feb 2003

KUCHING: Villagers in low-lying areas here have been told to fully prepare themselves for a possible recurrence of floods early next week in view of an expected king tide – exceptionally high tides. 

“They must be prepared for the floods if it rains continuously for three days,” Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam told reporters after chairing the state disaster relief committee meeting at his office at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here yesterday. 

He said the coastal areas were expected to have rains early next week but the weathermen had not predicted heavy rains in the town areas. 

Dr Chan said the army and police had already stationed their personnel and rescue boats in areas which were worst hit by last week’s floods to prepare for any eventuality. 

He said the Government was sympathetic to flood victims who were affected because their poultry were drowned, fish ponds and farms submerged last week. 

At final count, he said 18,436 people from 66 villages were evacuated to relief centres during the floods, the worst in 40 years. 

The affected villages included 36 in Kuching district, 13 in Serian district, 12 in Bau district, three in Samarahan district and two in Lundu district. 

Dr Chan said an 11-year-old boy from Kampung Baru, Samarhan was drowned. There were three other flood-related deaths. 

He advised village development and security committees to form groups to work together with the relevant agencies during floods and other disasters. 

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