Emergency services on standby until rough weather subsides
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) urged members of the public ensure that their homes are structurally sound and sturdy enough to endure rough weather conditions.
A recent weather report published in _The Brunei Times _stated that thundershowers are to be expected throughout the week with low possibility of flash floods occurring in flood prone areas such as interiors of Belait and Temburong.
The humid weather brought on by the thundershowers is an indirect result of “Typhoon Halola” which is currently heading away from the region and towards Japan, said a spokesperson from NDMC.
As a precautionary measure, the public must take the initiative to ensure their homes are safe and secure by inspecting the rooftops, pillars and other parts of the house.
Members of the public may also seek assistance from government agencies such as the Public Works Department (PWD) for technical advice by informing them or writing a letter to them.
But just to be on the safe side, NDMC still has its stakeholders which include the Fire and Rescue Department and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) on standby.
Besides checking up on their houses, members of the public are also advised to keep themselves updated with the current weather conditions, especially through the Brunei WX mobile app.
The public are also urged to stay indoors during heavy rains as a necessary measure for staying safe.
“If they have to go out especially to celebrate Hari Raya, they should be careful on the road and drive within the speed limit, said the NDMC spokesperson.
“As to not cause unnecessary commotion, members of the public should verify any messages they receive from social media with the official government agencies and ensure that the information they obtained is from reliable sources,” added the spokesperson.
In case of emergencies, the public are advised to immediately inform the Fire and Rescue Department at 995.
The Brunei Times