| Faza Suraj |
IN A span of just three days, the water level at Bukit Puan in Belait District rose from 0.3m to 0.55m – the highest in the remote areas of the district including Sukang and Melilas, which can only be monitored by helicopter.
These findings were disclosed to the Bulletin yesterday at the recently activated Incident Command Post (ICP) at the Mukim Bukit Sawat Multi- Purpose Hall.
According to a Fire and Rescue personnel, the hotlines have received numerous calls from the public asking if the roads leading to their houses in the flood-hit area were accessible or not.
According to Maieng Anak Lagio, the Customer Relations Officer (CRO) of Bukit Puan Police Post, it is the norm for Bukit Puan residents to face these kinds of flood problems, which usually happen four to five times a year.
He expects the flooding in the area to go on for at least another three weeks. “But it can sometimes take as long as three months,” he added.
Besides taking care of the six families who are living in Bukit Puan, the Bukit Puan Police Post will also jump into action if any emergencies are reported in other neighbouring remote areas such as Labi, Sukang and Melilas.
Those requiring assistance in any of the remote areas of Belait District can contact the ICP Hotlines – 3339048, 3339049 and 3339050. Alternatively, a fax can be sent to 3339051.