Evacuees return home as floods recede


SIBU: Fine weather and receding waters finally allowed 46 flood victims to return to their homes in Kampung Seduan Jaya on Saturday (Jan 15).

A spokesman from the Civil Defense Force (APM) said the Dewan Kampung Jeriah evacuation centre, which was opened on Jan 12 to house five families, was officially closed at 1pm.

“All of the victims were allowed to return to their respective homes,” the spokesman said, adding their monitoring had found that the situation was under control in previously affected areas.

APM found that the flood situation at three locations in Asajaya namely Taman Hijrah, Kampung Sageng and Kampung Keleka, had improved with no incidents reported.

In Serian, three APM members helped two families in Kampung Tebakang Melayu, to move their household items on the ground floor to the top floor of their houses as a precautionary measure.

But the main road heading into Kampung Krusen Siu, Serian, was made inaccessible to vehicles by floodwaters.

Meanwhile, monitoring at five locations in Sibu namely Selangau Riverfront, Rumah Magdaline Entayang, Rumah Ingai, Rumah Chandu and Rumah Ambrose Ramping, found that the water level in these areas had completely receded and returned to normal levels.

Aside from that, APM found that the main road in Kampung Usaha Jaya Baru, Salim, was flooded but could still be passed through by vehicles.

No evacuations were carried out as everyone in the village were staying on the top floor of their houses.

Over in Matu, a total of 12 locations were surveyed and the water levels were reported to be still high. Residents in those areas have been advised to be on alert in the event water levels keep rising in the coming days.

Water levels around areas in Matu, are still high and residents are advised to be on alert in case of rising water levels in the coming days.

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