Sarawak On Alert Following Heavy Rain

Source: http://bernama.com/bernama/v3/news.php?id=243010

January 23, 2007 23:51 PM

Sarawak On Alert Following Heavy Rain

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 23 (Bernama) – After Johor, Pahang, Sabah and Selangor were hit by the floods, it is now Sarawak’s turn to be placed on alert following heavy rain occurring in several areas in the state since Sunday night.

A spokesman of the Sarawak Education Department said that following the heavy downpour, Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Segong Bau, about 30km from Kuching, which has 306 pupils, had to close down beginning today.

Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan said signs that the state would be flooded began to appear when low-lying areas around Kuching, Sri Aman and Kota Samarahan were inundated with water levels reaching one to two metres following a heavy downpour since yesterday.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department said in a statement that moderate rain especially in the late afternoon in Sarawak was expected to persist until Sunday, while in Johor and Pahang, moderate rain which were now occurring from time to time was expected to turn heavy from Thursday to Sunday.

In JOHOR, although the situation was improving, the number of people staying at relief centres in Batu Pahat had risen again when 215 victims from 46 families from Kampung Parit Jelutung and Sri Gading were evacuated, raising the total number of evacuees from 51,210 this afternoon to 51,425 tonight.

A spokesman of the Flood Operations Room of the Johor Contingent Police Headquarters said the number of evacuees in Kota Tinggi remained at 26 from seven families from Kampung Kelantan, Kampung Tembion and Jalan Abdul Aziz who were being placed at the Dewan Jubli Intan, Kota Tinggi.

Meanwhile, several state roads which were still closed to traffic were Jalan Kampung Oren to Taman Melur, Jalan Sungai Lomako, Mersing and KM56-57 Jalan Kluang-Kota Tinggi.

Other affected roads were Jalan Sri Pasir-Sri Medan, Jalan Parit Raja Darat, Jalan Yong Peng-Parit Sulong, Jalan Parit Gemang-Senggang and Jalan Sengkuang-Sri Bengkal, all of them in Batu Pahat.

In PAHANG, the number of evacuees at the relief centres declined significantly to 110 tonight compared with 508 this afternoon.

A spokesman of the Flood Operations Room of the Pahang Contingent Police Headquarters said of the total, 73 evacuees were staying at two relief centres in Raub, Lipis (21) and Temerloh and the Rompin districts had eight evacuees each.

In SABAH, the situation in Kinabatangan, Sandakan, was improving with the water level at Sungai Bukit Garam dropping to 8.45 metres from 8.55 metres this morning.

A spokesman from the Kinabatangan District Office Flood Operations Room said only 15 people from four families from Kampung Pangkalan were still staying at the relief centre at the Bukit Garam Community Hall.

He told Bernama that 52 victims from nine families had returned to their homes after getting police permission.

In SELANGOR, the flood situation in two villages in Batang Berjuntai – Kampung Rantau Panjang and Kampung Jaya Setia – was improving with the water level at Sungai Selangor returning to normal.

As of this afternoon, all the 32 families who were evacuated yesterday were still staying at two relief centres namely the Rantau Panjang Community Hall and the Barat Laut Project Hall.

– BERNAMA

so which part of Miri is consider low- lying area?? could someone please let us know… :lol:

yeah, most of miri is at best 15 feet above sea level. Which means most of Miri center is low lying…

All along the coast from Hawaii beach up to kuala baram. When it is high tide and the rain is heavy, town area also kena. This from my own observation.

what about housing area such as pujut…krokop… piasau… are those are consider low lying area in Miri?

yeah, those places are pretty low by any standards. That side of Miri is pretty flat.

OMG… jadi semua kena la if Miri is hit by flood… wow… i hope this doesn’t happen man… :frowning: