| James Kon |
IT WAS a sleepless night for residents of some 18 houses in the vicinity of the Junjongan and Lumapas villages on Wednesday night as they desperately went about saving some of their belongings after flood waters rose rapidly and seeped into their homes.
Caused by the continuous downpour affecting Brunei Darussalam as of late, this is the first time that residents in these two villages suffered the effects of flooding as rainfall raised water levels in the river.
Government agencies were present to assess the situation and render assistance to the victims. A stretch of the low-lying road was also affected and personnel from the Royal Brunei Police Force were on hand to direct traffic.
One of the victims, Mohd Hafiz, said, “The flood water rose rapidly around 2am. Thanks to our neighbour’s help we managed to save our equipment. We didn’t sleep at all. Since our house was on the lower level the flood was knee-deep.”
He expressed his hope that the relevant government agencies will provide assistance to his family and other affected houses.
Officials from the District Emergency Operation Centre under the Brunei-Muara District Office alongside YB Awang Haji Jumat bin Akim, a member of the Legislative Council, were on hand to assess the situation early in the morning after receiving reports of the flood.
“Assistance will be provided by the relevant authorities after assessment has been made on the situation. This is the worst flood that has hit these villages causing damage to personal property. The increase in the water level may also have come from flood water from Limbang,” he said.
Meanwhile, officials from the Community Development Department were also present to assess the situation and handover packed meals to victims, who also said that a one week supply of dried food will also be sent to the affected households.