Evacuees return home

DR Abdul Rahman (left) and wife Datin Siti Shorgayah Ahmad Zaidin (second left) presenting some goodies to the flood victims at the SK Matu Baru temporary flood evacuation centre. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: The flood victims placed at the Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Matu Baru evacuation centre (PPS) in Kampung Bintawa Hilir here were finally able to return home today after the water level subsided.

A total of 156 flood victims from 40 families were relocated to the centre after their homes were flooded following heavy rain since last Monday.

Pantai Damai assemblyman Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said the floodwaters had subsided following good weather today.

“I have discussed with the district officer Awang Yusup Awang Mostapha and other government officers from various agencies in charge of the PPS just now.

“Since the weather is predicted to be good from today onwards and the sea water level has decreased, the PPS will be closed this evening.

“Therefore, all the flood victims will return to their respective homes,” he said when visiting the flood victims at the centre.

Abdul Rahman who is also the Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs and Kuching North City Commission – DBKU) urged all the volunteers and officers from the agencies involved to assist the evacuees return to their homes.

He also thanked the Resident and District Offices, various agencies including Village Development and Security Committees (JKKKs), DBKU and Trienekens for their assistance throughout the disaster.

“I also want to thank the non-governmental organisations (NGOs), private companies and individuals for their kindness in providing assistance for the flood victims,” he added.