Lee (standing third from right) with the evacuees at Kampung Kuala Batu Satu's multipurpose hall.

MIRI: About 20 fishing boats were moved to the Kuala Baram main road as the boat sheds were flooded on Tuesday night following non-stop downpours.

Minister in-charge of Miri Division Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) Datuk Lee Kim Shin who is also Minister for Transport went to Kampung Batu Satu, Kuala Baram last on Tuesday night (Jan 12) after receiving a call from the villagers and fishermen about the flooding at Kampung Batu Satu.

After he a conducted a check on the ground, Lee instructed the Public Works Department (JKR) to assist in closing temporarily half of the road.

Lee immediately called and coordinated with JKR Miri, DID Miri, Miri City Council, Bomba, the police, Civil Defence Force (APM) and other relevant agencies to assist the villagers

“Roadblocks were set up last night (in front of Kpg Senadin Jaya) by JKR to stop cars from entering the flooded road at Kpg Batu Satu. It was dangerous as not only the water level had gone up, but also there were boats from the Kpg Batu Satu Fish Market occupying the road caused by the big waves and king tide,” said the Senadin assemblyman.

Two families comprising four adults and four children who are the squatters staying in the area were evacuated to the Kampung Batu Satu Community Hall with help of Bomba personnel.

Lee also asked the Welfare Department and APM Miri to take care of the victims.

He also advised the members of the public especially those staying in the flood prone areas to stay safe.

For any inquiry and help, the public can call up Bomba/Police/APM at 999 or Bomba Miri at 085-422973.

At the same time, Lee also urged the people to be vigilant against Covid-19 and comply with SOPs bearing in mind that Miri is now a red zone, with a sudden surge in the number of positive cases lately.