Evacuees rising as Sarawak floods worsen


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  • Monday, 22 Feb 2016

KUCHING: The flood situation in Kuching, Serian and Samarahan worsened with the number of flood victims evacuated to relief centres increasing to 4,381 yesterday afternoon.

Sarawak Civil Defence Department public relations officer Siti Huzaimah Ibrahim said the number of relief centres had also increased to 27, providing shelter to 4,381 individuals from 1,221 families.

She said the number of relief centres opened in Kuching and Bau remained at eight each, while in Serian, the number remained at five and in Padawan, one.

Helping hand: A Fire and Rescue Department member assisting flood victims to safety at Kampung Surik Stapok, about 20km from Kuching. — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star
Helping hand: A Fire and Rescue Department member assisting flood victims to safety at Kampung Surik Stapok, about 20km from Kuching. — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star

In a statement here, she said two more relief centres were opened in Samarahan this afternoon, bringing the total number of relief centres to five, all of which were in Kota Samarahan.

Meanwhile, search efforts are still underway to locate a young man who went missing while trying to cross the river during the floods in Kampung Maag, Siburan, about 30km from here.

Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department’s assistant director of operations Farhan Sufyan Borhan said the rescue team, along with the police and Sarawak Civil Defence Department, were now searching for Judus Jalina, 20, who was reported missing due to the rising floods situation on Saturday. — Bernama

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