Flood-prone areas closely monitored

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TUTONG and BELAIT

WATER levels in Tutong District's Jalan Bangkuru Mukim Rambai rose from 0.5 metre to 0.55 metre as heavy rains continue to fall across the country.

The rising figures came from flood monitoring reports compiled by the Fire and Rescue Department which were taken for the said location around 10.30am and 4.25pm yesterday.

Deputy Station Officer Sebad Anak Lagor of the Lamunin Fire Station in Tutong District said that a team of fire and rescue personnel was deployed to monitor the water levels at several of the flood affected Mukims (sub-districts).

The places being monitored are Jalan Bangkuru Mukim Rambai, Kg Benutan Mukim Rambai, Jalan Kuala Ungar Mukim Rambai, Jalan Utama Kg Bukit Mukim Ukong, and Jalan Kecil Layong Mukim Lamunin.

Similarly, the water levels at Kg Benutan Mukim Rambai rose from 0.3 metre to 0.35 metre which was reported at 9.50 am and 4 pm.

Authorities are closely monitoring flood water levels at several inundated areas in Tutong and Belait districts, following the heavy downpour last week.

A team from the National Disaster Management Committee (NDMC) will also continue to monitor the situation and alert relevant authorities at different focal points across the districts if the weather gets worst overnight.

Sebad advised residents to park their cars on higher grounds such as at Benutan Mosque if water levels did not subside overnight.

“The public are advised to switch off their electricity when they evacuate their home when the water rises,” he said.

Tutong District Officer Wardi Hj Md Ali said the current water levels could be managed. “It is still under control,” he said, adding that relevant authorities have been monitoring the situation from time to time in case flash flood to occur.

Road users are advised to avoid using flood-prone routes which are inaccessible by cars when the water levels reach up to 1 meter, the road can only be accessed by heavy vehicles such as truck, said Wardi.

“Therefore, roads users should plan their night journey earlier, especially when they are using some of the roads that could be affected by flood,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Fire and Rescue Department in Kuala Belait were also monitoring several flood prone areas after heavy downpour began on Saturday afternoon.

Commanding Officer of Belait’s Fire and Rescue Branch ‘B’ Muhd Shahreeni Hj Mohd Yussof said that the teams from four fire stations; Kuala Belait, Seria, Labi and Sg Liang were deployed on Saturday – but no direct action was taken as water levels remained below 0.2 metres.

“If rain in continuously pours in this (Belait) district for more than two hours, the fire and rescue department always deploys monitoring teams to flood prone areas.

“The (flooding) is not severe as several places can still be accessed, and many of the affected areas saw a gradually decrease in water level by Sunday morning.”

He said that Labi, which especi-ally prone could still be accessed by road. “Based on the feedback from out focal point living in the Labi area, routes can still be tra-veled and are not badly affected.

Similarly in Panaga, roads remain accessible, with the department yet to receive any calls from the public in need of assistance.

Over a telephone interview, a representative of the Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department said isolated showers were expected throughout the evening across the Sultanate last night.

The operator on duty said Tutong and Belait districts would expect fewer showers today.

Meanwhile rumours that was circulated on the internet about the Tsunami in Sabah Malaysia was not true. He said no warning was received regarding the rumour from the Kota Kinabalu Sabah weather forecast yesterday.

The Brunei Times