Rhythm of the Rain
When your boss calls you early on a Sunday Morning, it certainly does not mean that it is a Celcom Sunday where phonecalls are free. Sure enough it was informed to me that the Meterological Department had issued a Red Alert - meaning that the weather conditions in Sarawak are taking a turn for the worse. Though I was in Kuching, I scrambled into my Proton Saga without hesitating and proceeded immediate;y for Sri Aman. However I recieved a few signs that it will not be a smooth journey. The rain was falling cats and dogs. My brother in law did warn me that the Pan Borneo Highway, Kuching - Sri Aman road had been cut off somewhere in Serian.
Minor landslide along the Serian road which I noticed during my journey to Sri Aman
I noticed some roads into the villages - in this case Kampung Hilir area in Serian was under water
This house was amongts those engulfed by flood water
"Oh my Goat!" ~ Valuables materials and animals kept by the house owners were brought o higher ground
My journey was cut short as the Kuching - Sri Aman road was cut off at Kampung Belimbing where the water was up to 3 feet high. Its one thing that my reliable Proton Saga was not built for. Remind me to get some funds to fit the car with an underwater periscope one day.
Surfing - those who think their cars can take on the force of nature steered their vehicles into the deep waters
The State Disaster and Relief Committee chaired by the YB Deputy Chief Minister I discusses the latest flood situation
I decided not to risk it and decided that I would be better off assisting the Sri Aman Resident Office by reporting the situation at the State Disaster Committee's Operations Room at Wisma Bapa Malaysia Kuching. Its where the big boys are and they try their best to coordinate aid and relief to the affected areas. I managed to provided updated details to most of the Committee chaired by YB Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri George Chan together with all other Yang Berhormats. They were at the ops room to get constant updates of the flood situation in Sarawak.
It seems that the flood has also affected the villages below the toll bridge
A few of the villagers attempted to safe a motorcycle
This is how it is at the moment as the flood ravages the low lying areas in Kuching. I am also informed that the not all parts in Sarawak are spared as reports of rising water levels causes some houses to see flood waters creep into their houses
More reporting to come in soon on the flood situation in Sri Aman as I try to make another attempt to reach the place early in the morning. Signing off.....