| James Kon |
FLOOD waters in affected areas around Kg Junjongan and Kg Lumapas have begun to recede as residents face a major task ahead to clear up the debris after their houses suffered from the recent flooding, which began several days ago.
The heads of villages and Mukims in the affected areas are in constant communication with the Incidence Command Post, which was set up at the Bengkurong Community Hall to provide feedback on flood victims and is led by Assistant Superintendent Awang Aminarif bin Haji Nasir of the Fire and Rescue Department.
A meeting to address the flooding was also held yesterday and attended by Dr Haji Abdul Manaf bin Haji Metussin, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs. The Secretariat of the District Emergency Operation Centre under the Brunei-Muara District Office revealed that 140 individuals from 21 houses (14 in Junjongan and seven in Lumapas) were affected by the floods.
According to a personnel from the Fire and Rescue Department, the heads of villages and Mukims play a crucial role as they are grassroots leaders who are familiar with the village and its residents.
Various agencies including the Royal Brunei Police Force, Royal Brunei Armed Forces, Fire and Rescue Department, Community Development Department, Department of Electrical Services are continuously monitoring the situation in both villages. Two temporary shelters have been set up at the Sungai Kebun Sports Complex and the Bengkurong Community Centre for victims. Currently, no flood victims are seeking shelter in the allocated centres. The Community Development Department continued to provide packed meals to the affected victims.
During the meeting, Legislative Council member YB Haji Jumat bin Akim and other heads of villages also put forth several proposals to improve the infrastructures to prevent such incidents from recurring. The public can contact the District Emergency Operation Centre at 2381627 or 2381625 for updates.