It does seem that the main television channels are showing more and more of International News now compared to what is going on in Sarawak. Which is why I am turning to TV1 and TV2 or NTV 7 as there are more local news as we try to get an update on how the State is coping with the serious flood occurrence. Thanks all for the comments in my previous post - I am worried for my Sri Aman Flood Operations Team just in case it gets worse there. Now I am stuck in Serian. So far my officers have been assuring me that its under control. The 'landslide' event in Pantu earlier on managed to provide us with a good 'drill' and we are more prepared now thoough I have to get the updates from Sri Aman via telephone. Its unlike me to abandon my comrade in arms. Early this morning Serian became a bottleneck for those planning to travel outside Kuching (apart from me that is). Yesterday (11 January 2009) it was at Kampung Belimbing at Mile 75 of the Pan Borneo Highway. Now, 12 January 2008) its at KM68 - somewhere just after the Batang Sadong Bridge.
I manage to spend my time walking up and down Serian Town as the Police does not allow smaller cars (less than a 4 Wheel Drive) to be put on the bridge. The picture of the HIKMAH building in comparison - above is the picture on 11 January 2009 and the one below is 12 January 2009. But the one on everyone's mind is why is the location of the flood different - on 11th January the Kpg Belimbing Road was under water and today its nearer Serian Town while yesterday's site was given the 'all clear'
The picture of the yellow house in my previous blog - there is a significant rise in the water level
Serian road flood visuals - 10 a.m on 12 Jan 2009
For the lack of news regarding the happenings in the State on our local TV, I guess I will have to turn into some kind of online reporter and was intruged by "I Report" which featured a simple segment of Kuching's flood occurrence at CNN.CoM so I decided to give it a try. Try it if you you wanna experiment on being an online journalist or become Karam Singh Walia. I uploaded a simple video which I took while I spent the time waiting for the flood to subside. So far as of 2 p.m today the water level is still high. I hope for better weather tomorrow - at least I won't be mad if the weatherman can be wrong this time.