Flooding in Sarawak's Bintulu district forces 118 families to evacuate


Rumah Jarau longhouse in Bintulu hit by hillslope failure due to heavy rain. Bomba Bintulu pic

MIRI: Flooding in Bintulu district has led to 118 families being evacuated from their homes, says the Sarawak Disaster Relief Management Committee.

"We have opened two flood-relief shelters at the Bintulu Indoor Stadium and the Civic Centre. Flood evacuees will be given shelter and food there until further notice," the Committee secretariat said in its latest update on Sunday (Nov 29).

It added that there are currently 364 people at the relief centres, an increase from 235 on Saturday (Nov 28) and said that the families were evacuated after flash floods swept through several housing settlements in Bintulu town and along the Bintulu to Miri highway in northern Sarawak.

The flooding has inundated squatter settlements along Sungai Plan and Sungai Sebatang and in the Kidurong Avenue housing estate and the Bintulu Fire and Rescue Department, Civil Defence Unit and District Office personnel and Welfare Department staff are helping in flood-relief operations.

Meanwhile, the Fire and Rescue Department today said the Rumah Jaran longhouse along Sg Plan was badly hit by hill-slope erosion and as such the 64 residents have been advised to move out.

"The heavy rain eroded about 100 metres of the hill at the back of the longhouse and the foundation of the longhouse is affected," it said.

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