Flooding cuts road access to several Tutong areas

Hakim Hayat

Several parts of remote areas in the Tutong District were submerged affecting road access to the areas as the country received bountiful rains that persisted since last Friday and throughout the early hours of yesterday morning.

The areas affected in Tutong were Jalan Benutan, Jalan Keranching, Jalan Bangkuru, Jalan Kuala Ungar and Jalan Rambai.

The areas severely affected were Jalan Benutan, Jalan Keranching and Jalan Bangkuru, where even trucks couldn’t access the areas as flood waters reached more than one-metre-deep, according to a report yesterday afternoon from Lamunin Fire Station, that was monitoring the situation round-the-clock to give assistance.

Surveillance by Lamunin Fire Station personnel also found that Jalan Keranching was not accessible by any vehicles as of yesterday afternoon.

According to the Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department (BDMD), the Sultanate is in the Southwest Monsoon where the wind is blowing from the Southwest direction, and atmospheric conditions tend to be quite stable with minimal thundershowers as compared to the intermonsoon period during the past two months.

However, the weather condition would potentially be affected by a low-level atmospheric circulation which is expected to occasionally be around Borneo Island, increasing convective clouds activity and resulting in unpredictable weather conditions.

Jalan Benutan was submerged under 1.10m of flood water. PHOTOS: FRD
The flooded Jalan Kuala Ungar.