MIRI: The Mulu National Park has been hit by floods; adding to the growing list of locations affected in Sarawak.
The Unesco World Heritage site in interior northern Sarawak which is home to the largest caves on earth, also has a small population of natives as well as tourists.
On Friday morning, the Miri Fire and Rescue Department received an appeal for help from the welfare and flood disaster management authorities to fly in some 4.5 tonnes of emergency food aid to the stranded residents there.
Its chief Supt Law Poh Kiong said the department had arranged for its helicopter at the Miri Air Base to be deployed for the mission.
“The food will be transported from here to Marudi (nearest town to Mulu) before being brought to Mulu National Park by boat.
“A total of 285 packs of food weighing 16kg each will be sent, one pack for each family hit by the floods.
“At least two missions will be carried out to distribute food to those in Mulu,” he said.
Meanwhile, in Baram, 11 schools were closed yesterday due to the floods.
In a related development, the Federation of Sarawak Journalists Association took to task a political party for claiming that local and national papers as well as television stations had not given coverage to the flood woes in Sarawak.
The federation in a statementsaid such claims smacked of ignorance and were inaccurate.
“We advise all journalists to continue what they have been doing.
“They have given a lot of fair coverage on the actual flood situation as well as various efforts on the ground to help flood victims.”
A leader from the Opposition had two days ago made statements on social media criticising the state authorities and the medias for not doing enough to help flood victims.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim who visited Selangau district on Wednesday had said Putrajaya is satisfied the state agencies had done their best.
He said from his observations, they had been effective in helping flood victims in all the affected districts.