| Azaraimy HH |
TUTONG District is currently experiencing flash floods, especially in low-laying areas. Although the condition is not critical and far from dangerous, measures are being made in case water levels at flood prone residential areas increase to a critical level.
A preparatory meeting between the Tutong District Office, the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) and grassroots leaders from flood prone areas and other government agencies were held yesterday at the Lamunin Fire Station.
Among those who attended the meeting were Awang Wardi bin Haji Mohammad Ali, Tutong District Officer; Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Rosli bin Pengiran Haji Chuchu, NDMC Director; and YB Awang Haji Ramli bin Haji Lahit, a member of the Legislative Council from the Tutong District.
It was agreed during the meeting that the Incident Control Post (ICP) would not be reactivated as the situation is still non-critical.
The heavy and continuous rain had caused some flash floods in the low-laying areas of the Tutong District and past experiences from the big flood in recent years have made the relevant agencies to be better equipped and prepared.
The meeting yesterday touched on logistic needs to necessary provisions that need to be channelled out in case of a big flood.
Grassroots leaders, comprising penghulus of mukims and village heads, also provided updates on flood conditions in their respective areas.
During the meeting, Awang Wardi advised village heads to update their lists of houses and residents in the low-laying areas who are usually affected by floods as this can help better prepare the efforts of provisioning necessary supplies to areas which are inaccessible by cars during floods.
YB Awang Hj Ramli also suggested provisioning life jackets to those who need to cross flooded areas to reach their homes.
Logical matters such as adequate transp-ortation including trucks and boats were also among matters discussed.
Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Rosli raised the issue of making operations more efficient, including standardised maps because in the past, each government agencies had their different maps.
After the meeting, a tour was made around some of the affected areas.
In an interview at one of the affected sites, the Tutong District Officer said the level of water currently is still under a manageable level and that – from a meeting held with NDMC – they will continue to monitor the situation.
NDMC Tutong is currently identifying suitable areas for the relocation of flood victims if needed, and to identify appropriate support if there are serious incidents.
He added that areas prone to flooding have been identified and assessments will be made twice a day during this spell of continuous rain.
Awang Wardi also expressed his hope that the situation will not get worse.