| Abdul Hakiim Yakof |
THE Minister of Home Affairs, Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awg Othman, and delegates yesterday visited residents in areas affected by the recent flash floods in the Temburong District.
The delegation visited areas affected by the January 25 floods in Mukim Bangar and Mukim Bokok.
The visit began with a briefing on the status of flooding in the two mukims led by Temburong District Officer Hj Abdul Hamid bin Dato Paduka Hj Abdullah and held in the Operations Room of the Temburong District Office.
The minister then visited the Incident Command Post (ICP) at a camp set up by Operation ‘G’ of the Temburong Fire and Rescue Department.
Temporary accommodation for displaced flood victims (three families from Bokok and one family from Belais) has also been set up at the Mukim Bokok Community Hall.
Cleaning work for houses affected by the floods was carried out yesterday by members of the Fire and Rescue Department’s Operation ‘G’, the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) of Temburong, Community Development Department (JAPEM) and the Temburong District Office, as well as volunteers.
The visiting delegation comprised Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi bin Hj Mohd Yussof, the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs; YB Awg Hj Sulaiman bin Hj Ahad, State Legislative Council (LegCo) member; Permanent Secretaries; Deputy Permanent Secretaries; the Temburong District Officer; the Director of Fire and Rescue and the Director of the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC), as well as representatives from other government agencies involved.
One of the affected locations in Mukim Bangar is Kampong Ujung Jalan, while among those affected in Mukim Bokok include Kg Belais, Kg Bokok and Kg Lepong.
Roads from Bangar to Kg Belais and from Kg Rataie to Kg Temada are now accessible for all vehicles while Kg Paya Bagangan can only be accessed by 4 wheel drive (4WD) vehicles, as weather conditions were reportedly good yesterday and flooded areas remained stable.
For safety reasons, as many as 152 houses in Paya Bagangan, Meniup and Bekarut had their power supply cut, which also affected the outdoor substations in Bokok and Belais Besar.
The flood in Mukim Bangar affected 15 houses in Kg Ujung Jalan and an Arabic school, while the number of victims totalled about 40 people who did not require relocation as flood waters subsided in one to two hours.
Meanwhile, the floods in Mukim Bokok affected 52 homes in Kg Belais, Kg Bokok, Kg Paya Bagangan, Kg Rataie, Kg Kenua, Kg Temada, Kg Semabat, Kg Lepong Lama, Kg Bekarut and Kg Meniup, affecting at least 280 people.
As many as 90 flood victims from Mukim Bokok have also registered with JAPEM at the Mukim Bokok Community Hall for food supplies and other forms of assistance from the department and the Temburong District Office.