Folk in interior Sarawak run out of cooking gas


  • Nation
  • Monday, 16 Dec 2019

Reports by MOHD FARHAAN SHAH, REMAR NORDIN, STEPHEN THEN, R.S.N. MURALI and DENISE KHOO

MIRI: Many flood victims are unable to cook as the supply of cooking gas has run out, paralysing the settlements in interior Sarawak.

The alternative source of fuel – firewood – was also damaged by floodwaters.

Several of the victims sent out an SOS, highlighting their predicament as they were cut off from the outside world due to the remoteness.

A resident in Kampung Kuala Tutoh said their 72-door longhouse was inundated by 0.7m of floodwaters.

The village is in the upper reaches of Marudi, a six-hour journey by boat from Miri.

There are about 500 people from the minority Lakiput ethnic group living there.

Kampung Kuala Tutoh Lakiput Association senior member Michael Ding said all the households ran out of cooking gas.

“We cannot go to town as floodwaters have cut off all road links for more than a week. Travelling by boat is also dangerous as the rivers have swelled, ” he said yesterday.

Ding said the welfare authorities had sent them packages of dry food such as biscuits and canned food.

He said floodwaters also seeped into the first floor of the two-storey building.

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