Authorities in Northern Sarawak ready for landas season

MIRI: The authorities in northern Sarawak have more than 100 boats, trucks and four-wheel drive vehicles plus two helicopters ready for relief works during floods, especially in the rural and interior areas.

The Resident Office, district office, Miri Fire and Rescue Department, Civil Defence Unit, Sarawak Rivers Board, Sarawak Drainage and Irrigation Department and other agencies have held meetings to put measures in place in view of the monsoon season.

A spokesman told The Star that apart from the these, centres to house flood victims have also been identified.

“More than 100 land, river and air transport vehicles are in place now if the weather gets worse.

“Seven big centres in Miri, Mulu, Baram and Sibuti are ready.

“These centres can house up to 10,000 flood victims at least,” he said.

Meanwhile, a 24-hour hotline has been activated in northern Sarawak.

The Civil Defence Unit is manning the hotline 085-430 389 that is based in the regional office in Miri.

Miri Civil Defence said the round-the-clock hotline is to make it easier and faster for flood victims to seek help.

“Those affected by floods can call this hotline.

“They can report to the nearest district office (during office hours) or call the hotline for help.”The line is manned 24 hours a day,” said a Miri Civil Defence spokesman.

Sarawak Drainage and Irrigation Department said the latest readings show high and very high river water levels statewide.

Many parts of Sarawak are facing heavy rain as the monsoon or landas enters its peak.