100 people evacuated as floods worsen in Kapit and Song

By Emma Victoria

A TOTAL of 100 people from 37 families have been evacuated as the flood situation in central Sarawak worsened.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee in a statement said two relief centres in Kapit and Song were open to accommodate the affected villagers as of 4am today.

“A total of 56 victims from 22 families are currently seeking shelter at Kapit Indoor Stadium while another 44 victims from 15 families are at Sekolah Nanga Embua in Song.

The welfare department is working on food aid to ensure the affected villagers have enough food and drinking water while the authorities are monitoring the situation closely.

The flash floods have hit many longhouses, settlements and schools along the Rajang River and Baleh River in Kapit.

In and around Kapit, many residential houses at lower grounds of Kampung Baru along Jalan Suhaili; Kampung Muhibbah Bletih; Jalan Sungai Sesibau, the access road to Rumah John Rambar and Rumah Meliyu; Rumah Richard Engkin, Sungai Aman, the speedboat jetty in front of Fort Sylvia, Kapit Express Terminal and Rumah Temuai were inundated, according to the Borneo Post.

Along the Baleh River, areas affected by the rising floods of about two to three metres high were SK Temenggong Koh, Nanga Anatawau; SK Nanga Sempili, SK Nanga Kain, SMK Baleh, SK Lepong Baleh, Rumah John Katil at Karangan Arak, Rumah Panyau at Nanga Kemali and Rumah Agut at Lepong Semawang.

The stretch of Jalan Melekun in front of SK Lepong Baleh and the bridge were under water, rendering them impassable by vehicles.

Bukit Mabong district officer Douglas Pungga together with personnel from various agencies traveled up the Baleh River to assess the situation while Kapit district officer Cerisologo Sabut was seen moving around to check the various settlements and roads affected by the flood.

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