Malaysia – Thousands Evacuated After Floods in Sarawak State

Heavy rain in eastern areas of Malaysia caused flooding in parts of Sarawak State from 03 February, 2018. Samarahan Division recorded almost 200mm of rain in 24 hours to 06 February.

Schools and hospitals have been closed and thousands of people affected. As many as 4,859 people from 1,463 families evacuated their homes.

As of 07 February, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee reported 501 displaced families in Samarahan, 372 in Serian, 172 in Sibu, 39 in Mukah, four in Sarikei, 258 in Bintulu and 117 in Limbang. A total of 25 flood evacuation centre have been opened to house those displaced.

The air unit of the state Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) says it delivered 14 tonnes of food items to 3,861 flood victims in Nanga Tau, Tatau, Bintulu on Saturday 10 February.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) secretariat said in a statement said the health clinics are at Tamin in Selangau, Nanga Taroh (Mukah), Sangan (Bintulu) and Nanga Tau (Bintulu). Another nine health clinics were also affected by floods but remained in operation. Over 20 schools have been closed in affected areas.

As of 12 February the flood water has started to recede, although the Department Of Irrigation And Drainage Malaysia said that the Samarahan, Baram, Balingian, Oya rivers were all still above alert levels. Numbers of those evacuated have fallen to around 520 people from 126 families.

Flood evacuations in Sarawak, Malaysia, February 2018. Photo: Bomba Malaysia