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Need to be quick. Rain from 7pm to 7am has roughly caused:
- Worst flood in 30 years
- NO FATALITIES REPORTED
- Some villages are reporting 70% damages, especially the low laying areas.
- Some areas with water as high as 2 metres.
- Roads to Belais, Menengah, Bukok, Batu Apoi completely submerged.
- Many villagers are displaced and homeless
- Evacuation has become necessary
- Population from affected areas transported out using boats all day.
- FERRY services on hiatus.
- Shops in Bangar closed (floating slippers and all that)
- Helicopters hovering all day
- Blatantly obvious military presence
- First traffic jam in Bangar for a really long time.
Lets just say, Temburong is generating quite the buzz.
Worst thing: Its now about to rain.. again. God protect.
Will update again later with pictures and maybe a video. Insya Allah.
Contributed by raacme.
Picture taken while waiting for the ferry at Ujong Jalan. Ferry services are on hiatus caused by the overflowing river (pictured above). This is the only connection from Brunei Muara to Temburong.
If anyone else has in their possession more pictures of the flood, by all means do send it to me through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave a link in the comments section.
As you know, the residents from some badly affected areas are temporarily displaced and thus allocated by the District Office Disaster Management Committee, in government chalets, the official resthouse and some multi purpose halls (last i called up, Dewan Rataie was being used).
They have been very swift in handling the particular problem area of accomodation and is currently working around the clock to house everyone, including stranded tourists, and those hoping to go off to KK. JAPEM reports no food shortages at the moment and I hope the time will never come.
One major problem they are facing now however, are problems concerning residents who are displaced but refuse to evacuate disaster areas which are deemed dangerous and unsanitary.
The good news is that it stopped raining in Bangar after an hour earlier tonight, so hoping the flood will somehow subside a bit (or a lot) by tomorrow. Lets pray for a sunny day! Amin!
More pictures sent in through MMS. In Bangar, this morning.
- Ujong Jalan is experiencing worsening conditions. Many 4WD cars are stranded from KK to Limbang due to unoperating ferries.
- Almost 70 families are currently displaced and evacuated
- Roads to Bukok (worst), Belais, Menengah still submerged.
- Light rain in remote areas causing worry.
- More padding of information from the Borneo Bulletin, but not much that you don’t already know since last night via Turquoise and Roses :). Information regarding the Temburong February Flash Flood is also available on Brudirect.
- Also covered by The Brunei Times, but with a more assuring tone.
- More information by Rozan Yunos from The (now) Daily Brunei Resources especially some theories as to why the flood this time is particularly devastating compared to those in the previous years here.
- Some more pictures of Bangar (with short descriptions) by Zul.
Fire Services, the wettest of them all.
Military personnel (Gurkhas) keeping peace and lending a hand
Medical team currently on standby
- Ferry services at Ujong Jalan are now operational, and have been so since 6pm today (10/02/08) and the stranded people up there are now being transported out as we speak
- Water levels has gone down and the flood has subsided completely in most areas especially Bangar.
Time to dry out the carpets!