Another round of severe floods hit northern Sarawak


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  • Sunday, 19 Jan 2020

Long Ikang in remote northern Sarawak hit by severe floods. Sarawak Bomba pic

MIRI: The interior areas of northern Sarawak have been hit by severe floods again – with water reaching 1.5m in some places.

The districts of Baram and Marudi on Sunday morning (Jan 19) saw numerous settlements inundated by more than a metre of water.

Long Ikang settlement and oil palm plantations surrounding it were the worst hit.

Heavy rain over the past day saw nearby rivers overflowing at such a swift pace that even vehicles on the roads were trapped.

The Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department deployed teams to flood-hit areas.

Pictures sent by the department show cars and four-wheel-drive vehicles and lorries trapped in water.

"The affected residents have been advised to get ready to be evacuated soon," said the department.

Long Ikang is located in the upper Baram district.

It is at least seven hours by road and river from Miri.

Other inundated settlements include Lubok Mulong in Tinjar sub-district, Long Loyang in Marudi district and Long Batan in Baram district.

Rural Sarawak has been hit by floods for over two months since the start of the landas or monsoon season in November last year.

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