Firefighters busy clearing Belait roads of fallen trees

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TREES uprooted by strong winds disrupted the flow of traffic on five roads in Kuala Belait and Seria yesterday afternoon.

Firefighters had to use chainsaws to cut and clear fallen trees off the roads.

The affected areas in Kuala Belait were Spg 15-7 in Pandan 5, Jln Maulana nearing Pandan 4 and the road leading to the Rasau Toll Bridge.

In Seria, firefighters needed to clear select stretches of Jln Utama and Panaga.

Commanding Officer of Belait’s Fire and Rescue Branch ‘B’ Muhd Shahreeni Hj Mohd Yussof said they received two calls for help on roofs blown off by the high winds.

Mumong’s Siti Hawa Nahar, whose car garage roof detached before landing in her neighbour’s parking lot, said she stepped out of the house when the strong winds first hit, but saw no damage initially.

“When I went back into my house, I heard a loud sound, almost like an explosion and rushed back out. Luckily no one was injured. There was no damage to our cars.”

Meanwhile, Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) confirmed that there were no incidents reported at offshore sites, after images went rife on social media about stormy conditions allegedly seen at the offshore oil and gas production complex Champion 7.

Minor incidents were reported onshore, involving uprooted trees.

BSP added that they would be taking precautionary measures, following standard operation procedures observed during adverse weather.

The Brunei Times