Villagers flee as croc-infested river in north Sarawak bursts its banks

Floodwaters have reached about 30cm in the village.

Floodwaters have reached about 30cm in the village.

MIRI: Riverine villagers in Beluru district in northern Sarawak are fleeing their homes after the crocodile-infested Sungai Bakong burst its banks.

Torrential rain over the past two days has caused the river to swell and overflow into a village located in the vicinity of SK Cina Bakong, raising a fear of crocodile attacks.

Villagers aided by Bomba personnel evacuating their homes.

About three dozen villagers there have sought the help of the Miri Fire and Rescue Department and the Miri Civil Defence Unit to evacuate.

"The rivers there are notorious for dangerous crocodiles," said Miri Fire Department chief Supt Law Poh Kiong.

He said that the water level in the village was about 30cm at the moment.

The villagers have been sent to the nearby Beluru District community hall until the floods subside.

The Sungai Bakong and its tributaries are known to have a large population of crocodiles, with a number of fatal attacks on humans reported over the years.

Northern Sarawak has been experiencing bad weather of late, with torrential rain falling especially at night.

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