More rivers breach danger level in S'wak

MIRI: River tributaries in northern Sarawak’s Tatau Basin have surged beyond 10.13m on Thursday morning (Nov 8), way above the 9m danger level.

At the Long Bayok settlement in interior Baram district, strong winds and thunderstorm hit, causing roofs and ceilings to be blown away.

The Sarawak Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) and Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department in their latest reports this morning said they were on flood alerts.

The DID latest report also said rivers in the Kemena Basin and Belaga in Bintulu Division had risen to 10.05m.

The divisional disaster relief committee, the river board, drainage and irrigation authorities as well as Bomba Sarawak and other departments have been told via notices to be on the alert for floods.

"Riverine settlements in Bintulu and Belaga and the Kemena Basin have seen river water levels reaching the 10.05m now.

"Tatau Basin rivers are 10.13m high.

"The rivers’ water level are already beyond danger level and are still rising.

“Villagers have been warned to be on alert for floods,” said the notice which was sent out starting from 7am.

Bomba Marudi reported that Long Banyok had been hit by bad weather since Wednesday evening (Nov 7).

Fortunately, apart from damages to homes, nobody was injured.