| Abdul Hakiim Yakof |
RESIDENTS of Mukim Bokok in Temburong were displaced from their homes and had to move to higher grounds yesterday after their area was affected by flash floods up to a height of four feet.
The floods were caused by heavy rainfall which clashed with high tides from the Pandaruan River.
Among the areas affected were Kg Bokok, Kg Rataie, Kg Bekarut, Kg Simbatang, Kg Lepong Lama, Kg Temada and Jalan Kubur, Kg Sungai Buaya, Kg Belais dan Buda-Buda.
The rising water level had begun to worry residents in the area when they noticed that several roads were submerged, preventing passage to Mukim Bokok.
According to one of the victims from Kg Paya Bagangan, Awang Haji Jakir bin Md Amin, river water had begun flooding their compound at midnight and entered their home at 4am. It was then that they decided to move their vehicles to a higher ground and take refuge at a relative’s house.
The Operation ‘G’ of Bangar and Rataie’s Fire and Rescue Department have set up a task-force camp in Kg Bokok to monitor the situation and have set down two rescue boats. Other agencies that are also handling the flood are the Department of Electrical Services, Temburong District Office and the Community Development Department (JAPEM).
State Legislative Council member YB Awang Haji Sulaiman bin Haji Ahad, during his visit to the affected areas with the Penghulu of Mukim Bokok Awang Haji Emran bin Haji Sabtu, asked for the residents, especially those living near the river, to be patient and to practice precautionary steps and safeguard their children.
He also urged the relevant authorities to assist stranded victims.
Assistance in the form of basic necessities from JAPEM was handed over to the flood victims of Kg Bokok by midday yesterday.
The Temburong District Officer, Haji Abd Hamid bin Dato Paduka Haji Abdullah, visited the flood affected areas last night and monitored the situation. He said the Temburong District Office has set up an Incident Command Post (ICP) Centre at the Mukim Bokok Community Hall.
Transportation services have been provided by the Royal Brunei Police Force, Royal Brunei Armed Forces, Fire and Rescue Department and the Temburong District Office.
There have not been any reports of flooding in Mukim Bangar, Mukim Labu and Mukim Batu Apoi.
According to the Temburong District Office, the flooding in 2008, 2009 and 2010 was recorded at an average of 0.8 metres. As of 2pm yesterday, the water level in Kg Paya Bagangan was recorded at 1.2 metres, the Temburong District Office said.