Floods and landslides in southern and central Sarawak

Photo from fire and rescue department

By Emma Victoria 

BAD weather in northern and central Sarawak triggered floods and landslide, making life more difficult during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The heavy downpour over the last few days is adding to the worries and hardship of the people during the Movement Control Order (MCO)

In Miri, a landslide at Rumah Mawan located along Sungai Sukong in Lambir sub-district saw 39 people affected, The Star reported.

The Civil Defence Department said the victims had sought help after the land behind their kitchen collapsed following an erosion.

“Part of the land collapsed and the landslide caused cracks on the walls and floors of the homes.

“Our team checked the structural damage and the erosion in the area.

“The residents must be careful and must repair the damaged portion before the weather worsens,” said the department.

Floods also hit the Rumah Langgong longhouse located along Sg Ngemah in Kanowit district in central Sarawak.

The Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department said it received a report about the floods yesterday.

The 20-door longhouse has 96 residents and they have moved to higher ground.

The residents made temporary shelters using thick plastic sheets to sleep in.

Fire and Rescue personnel from Kanowit station visited the site to check on the condition of the affected residents.

In Ulu Baram in interior northern Sarawak, several remote parts were also hit by floods.

Mulu state assemblyman Datuk Gerawat Gala said he is trying to get more details from the folks in the affected zones.

“Several settlements are flooded, not just one,” he said.

The weather in parts of Sarawak has turned unpredictable. There have been sudden heavy rains and thunderstorms over the past few days.

These weather woes are adding to the worries faced by folks in the state where 16 people had died due to Covid-19 and about 500 positive cases are being treated, with the most in Kuching, Samarahan, Miri and Bintulu.

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