Flash floods submerge Miri longhouse, 21 evacuated

ADIB POVERA


MIRI: A total of 21 people from seven families were relocated to higher ground after their longhouse was inundated by flash floods in Sungai Nawang Gudang in Marudi, near here, last night.

Residents of the Adam longhouse were evacuated to the nearby Marudi Civic Centre after their house was submerged in knee-deep water at 10.30pm.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee Secretariat chief Maj Ismail Mahedin blamed the flash floods on a continuous downpour at the area.

"The evacuees were relocated to the temporary relief centre with the help of the police and the Fire and Rescue Department," he said in a statement this morning.

Ismail said, based on reports furnished by the State Drainage and Irrigation Department, the water level of a river in Sebauh, Kemena, Bintulu, near here, is showing a rising trend due to the King tide phenomenon.

As of 8am today, he said the water level of the river in Sebauh is 1.18 metres.

Ismail added that the water levels at three river stations in Sibu show a decreasing trend, reducing the possibility of flooding in the division.

The same trend was recoded at Nanga Merurung river station in Kapit.