MILLIONS of dollars spent on flood mitigation projects in the country seem to be yielding results.
The recent heavy rains must have reminded many of the worst Tutong floods not too many years ago.
Photos of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam travelling to some of the worst-hit areas on army hovercraft, which appeared in the media, are still vivid in my memory.
It has rained any less last December and January 2015 compared to some of the worst spells of rain our country has witnessed in the past.
The only serious flooding we have seen so far this year has been in Kg Junjongan and Kg Lumapas and the odd flash floods in some of the rural areas.
The Tutong District has not been hit by any major flood, which shows the Ministry of Development’s projects have been fruitful.
But we can’t afford to be complacent. Weather patterns are rapidly changing around the world because of global warming and there are possibilities Brunei could experience heavier rains in the near future.
Just take the case of Malaysia. Floods this year has wreaked havoc with dozens of deaths and billions of ringgit in damage to properties.
How ready is Brunei in tackling such disasters? Authorities respond to any weather-related disasters quickly and come to the aid of the affected, but flooding of the likes of Kelantan and now Sarawak, which is next door to Brunei, will test Brunei’s capabilities.
Let us hope Brunei Darussalam remains what it is – Abode of Peace.