Hope arrives for Ulu Belait flood victims

Daniel Lim

The Belait District Disaster Management Committee and the Community Development Department (JAPEM) travelled to Mukim Sukang in Ulu Belait last Tuesday, to deliver aid to those affected by recent floods in the area.

The delegation was led by Belait District Officer Ramlee bin Haji Jamudin, as the Chairman of the Belait District Disaster Management Committee.

Also present was Acting Penghulu of Mukim Sukang, along with officers and staff members from the National Disaster Management Centre, the Belait District Office, the Belait District Branch of JAPEM, the Royal Brunei Police Force, and the Operations ‘B’ Branch of the Fire and Rescue Department.

After assembling at the Merangking Community Hall, the group made their way by boat to the affected areas where water levels of more than 1.8 metres were recorded, including the vicinities of Sukang Clinic, the Kampong Sukang Police Station, the Kampong Sukang Rest House, the Kampong Sukang Religious Hall, the Datu Maharaja Setia Dian Primary School that houses 14 students, as well as the surrounding areas of Kampong Dungun and Kampong Kuala Rawai.

The delegation’s first stop was the Punan Longhouse, where nine families reside. The Belait District Officer handed over basic food necessities to each of the families.

The delegation then travelled up the Belait River to deliver basic food necessities to eight more families in Kampong Dungun and Kampong Kuala Rawai.

In an interview, the Belait District Officer talked about the struggles faced by the residents of remote areas such as Mukim Sukang, and how providing aid could help to lessen their burdens.

“The Belait District Office will continue to monitor the situation, not only at Mukim Sukang, but also the rural regions of Belait, to keep track of the current situation and formulate plans to provide aid when necessary,” he said.

Belait District Officer Ramlee bin Haji Jamudin hands over necessities to a flood victim. PHOTOS: DANIEL LIM
The Belait District Officer and other officials arrive at an affected home