Malaysia – Evacuations After Floods in Sarawak

Over 1,000 people have evacuated their homes in parts of Sarawak State, Malaysia, after flooding following heavy rain from 02 June, 2019.

Belaga district in Kapit Division is by far the worst hit area, in particular the village of in Long Busang and where most of the the evacuations have taken place. An overflowing river has left most of the village under water. Local media reported that flood water was up to 5 metres deep in some areas. Dozens of homes have been destroyed or damaged.

Parts of Miri Division in the north of the state have also been affected. The State Disaster Relief Committee is distributing emergency food aid and relief packages to the affected areas.

Flash flooding was also reported in the city of Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Malaysia’s Sabah state on 04 June after heavy rain. According to WMO figures, 197.4mm of rain fell in the city in 24 hours to 05 June.

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