Sarawak braces for floods in next few days

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 22 Feb 2005

KUCHING: The Kuching Resident’s Office has reactivated its flood operations room to coordinate efforts to bring flood victims to 81 evacuation centres in the next few days. 

A spokesman for the operations room here said it would also work closely with the Sarawak Welfare Department and other relevant agencies to coordinate relief efforts and distribute food to affected areas. 

“So far, we have yet to receive any report from flood-prone areas like Rantau Panjang, Kampung Batu Kitang and Kampung Bumbok but our personnel will go to the ground upon receiving such calls,” he said. 

He added that the operations room had been on the alert since Feb 7 following forecast of heavy rain and king tides of up to 6.1m during Chinese New Year. 

Thunderstorms are also expected in various parts of Kuching, Kota Samarahan and Sibu.  

He said that seven rescue boats stationed at the Civil Defence Department and police stations here, were now ready to be deployed in the Kuching district, with six more in Bau and two in Lundu, near here. 

He said that residents, especially in the riverine and low-lying areas, should be on the alert, particularly if heavy and continuous rains coincided with the presence of king tides, which had caused floods in most parts of the city in previous years.  

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