| Abdul Hakiim Yakof |
BRUNEI-MUARA, Tutong and Temburong districts experienced heavy rainfall Saturday evening, which triggered flash floods in many low-lying areas. The badly affected areas are Mukim Kilanas and Mukim Sengkurong in Brunei-Muara and Mukim Bokok in Temburong.
The amount of rainfall ranged from 100mm to as high as 150mm, the highest recorded so far in the three districts, and this coupled with high tide of 2.4m from 2am to 4am caused much of the damage, the Public Works Department (PWD) said.
Meanwhile, the Weather Services Division of the Brunei Meteorological Department said, since early January until Saturday, the amount of rainfall recorded at the Meteorological Observation Station, Brunei International Airport was 377.8mm, which was above the long-term average for January of 309.5mm (1966-2014).
Pehin Orang Kaya Perkerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, yesterday visited Ban 3, 4 and 5, Kampong Mulaut, Mukim Kilanas and Kampong Tagap, and Mukim Sengkurong to check on the needs of the victims and to show concern of the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
The Community Development Department (JAPEM) provided assistance in the form of 200 packed meals and 240 bottles of water to the victims. Food rations will also be handed out as soon as possible.
The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports will also be involving volunteers and participants of the National Service Programme (PKBN) to assist victims in cleanup.
The minister’s delegation comprised Perm-anent Secretaries at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS), Dato Paduka Awang Haji Mohd Hamid bin Haji Mohd Jaafar and Dato Paduka Dr Haji Affendy bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin; senior officers from the MCYS and JAPEM as well as Mukim Penghulus and village heads from affected areas.
The Brunei-Muara District Office has announced the activation of its District Emergency Operation Centre (DEOC) yesterday in light of the flood incidents in the district.
The role of the DEOC is to compile information and data based on flooding and landslide incidents reported by the Fire and Rescue Department, Brunei-Muara District Office, National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC), Penghulus and village heads of affected areas in the district. DEOC is operated with cooperation from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, which is based at the Incident Command Post (ICP) in Bengkurong and is operational around the clock.
DEOC has currently received reports of landslides in 14 villages in the Brunei-Muara District, one of them reported as hazardous. With the help of the Fire and Rescue Department, the areas affected have been covered with canvas to avoid further incidents.
Areas affected by flash floods are Kampong Jerudong, Kampong Sengkurong ‘A’ and ‘B’ , Kampong Kilanas, Kampong Bebatik, Ban 1, 2 and 3, Kampong Salambigar, Kampong Batu Ampar, Kampong Batong, Kampong Mulaut, Kampong Lubuk Sigurun and Kampong Sungai Buloh, Mentiri.
Monitoring works from time to time are being carried out by agencies such as the Fire and Rescue Department, Department of Electrical Services, Brunei-Muara District Office, Medical and Health Department, Royal Brunei Police Force, NDMC, and Penghulus and village heads of the affected areas.
Notwithstanding current mitiga-tion measures, more improvements need to be carried out to fully protect flood prone areas, the PWD said in a press release.
The Weather Services Division said the Latest Numerical Weather Prediction Model for Brunei Darussalam indicates there is a possibility of decreasing rainfall activities in the coming days. However, the intensity of rainfall is not the same from one area to another area of the country and also from day to day.