Emergency evacuation at school as another round of severe floods hit remote northern S'wak


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  • Tuesday, 21 Jan 2020

SK Benawa in interior northern Sarawak forced to shut down due to severe floods. Bomba Sarawak pi

MIRI: Floods in SK Benawa in Baram district in interior northern Sarawak have forced students and staff members to be evacuated on Tuesday (Jan 21) morning.

Floodwaters entered classrooms and the hostels, as well as the administrative blocks, with rising waters around a metre high.

Boarders have been evacuated to higher grounds, said Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department in its latest updates.

Bomba personnel used boats to evacuate about a hundred or so students and teachers inside the school area that was inundated by floodwaters.

"The main road to the school has been cut off to all vehicles, as it is totally flooded," said Sarawak Bomba.

About a dozen settlements and several other schools are also on red alert as the floods persist.

Interior northern Sarawak is being hit by severe floods yet again - with floods reaching 1.5m in some places.

The districts of Baram and Marudi saw numerous populated settlements inundated by more than a metre of floodwaters.

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

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

Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department have deployed teams to the flood-hit sites.

Pictures sent by Sarawak Bomba saw cars and four-wheel drive vehicles and lorries trapped in floods about 1.5m high.

"The affected residents have been advised to get ready to be evacuated soon," said Sarawak Bomba in its latest updates.

Long Ikang is located in upper Baram district.

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

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

Sarawak has encountered more than two months of floods in the rural areas since the start of the landas rainy season in November last year.

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