Fire and Rescue Department evacuates flash flood victims along Miri-Bintulu highway


Flood swept through populated areas along Bintulu to Miri highway this morning and caused panic among residents.

MIRI: The Bintulu Fire and Rescue Department has rescued dozens of families after flash flooding hit settlements along the Bintulu-Miri highway in northern Sarawak.

In a statement on Saturday (Nov 28), the state Fire and Rescue Department said that flash floods caused by very heavy rain swept through squatter settlements along Sungai Plan and Sungai Sebatang and in the Kidurong Avenue housing estate.

As of 8am, over a hundred people have been evacuated to the Bintulu Indoor Stadium where they will be housed until floodwaters subside.

"We have evacuated flood victims to the Bintulu Indoor Stadium for temporary shelter. We received emergency calls for help from at least 25 families trapped by the fast-rising floods," the department said.

It added that it received dozens of emergency calls for help from midnight until the pre-dawn hours, including from residents with bedridden family members.

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