MIRI: Residents living in and around Mulu National Park in northern Sarawak have run out of drinking water as their taps have gone dry.
On Tuesday (April 30) morning, the air wing of Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department transported emergency supplies of drinking water to Mulu from its Miri base.
Miri fire chief Supt Law Poh Kiong said Bomba was alerted to the needs in Mulu by the welfare authorities and responded accordingly.
He said numerous flights had already been carried out, with hundreds of boxes of drinking water sent so far.
As of noon, about 6.7 tonnes worth had been delivered to the affected area.
Supplies were sourced from Marudi town, he added.
On April 12, 25 longhouses in the interior Marudi district in northern Sarawak were hit by drought.
These longhouses located along the Tutoh-Apoh area were without clean water supply, along with two schools there.
The Sarawak Welfare Department deployed some 8,000 boxes of drinking water into these drought-hit areas that has a population of about 5,000.
The bottled drinking water supplies were sent from Miri by Bomba air wing.