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Fire and Rescue Department: Be wary of uncertain weather conditions

Landslide at a flood-affected area

BY Rokiah Mahmud

BRUNEI Darussalam is experiencing uncertain weather conditions with strong winds and thundershowers that may cause floods and flash floods, landslides, trees to uproot and rough seas condition.

The Fire and Rescue Department has received a total of 640 distress calls from January to October this year.

They included 488 calls on uprooted trees with a total loss of BND13,200, 37 calls for floods rescue, 79 calls on landslides, 30 calls on blown-off roofs costing BND100; three calls on drowning involving four deaths, and three calls on boat accidents causing six deaths.

In 2017, there were 837 distress calls received by the Fire and Rescue Department involving a total loss of BND41,945, while in 2016 it was 35 distress calls with BND3,500 in total loss, said Fire and Rescue Senior Superintendent Nooraflan bin Awang Kachi.

He advised members of the public to avoid water or beach activities during this season until further notice.

Fire and Rescue Senior Superintendent Nooraflan bin Awang Kachi. – FIRE AND RESCUE DEPARTMENT

Senior Superintendent Nooraflan also urged parents to monitor their children’s whereabouts to ensure their safety while teachers need to relay the safety message to their students. Members of the public also advised to avoid being outdoors especially at flood-prone areas.

The Fire and Rescue Department will put on a 24-hour standby and conduct frequent monitoring both on land and sea.

It is also taking the necessary precautions to counter any unwanted incidents especially at highlands, lowlands and other high risk areas.

The following is a list provided by the department of areas easily affected by floods.

Brunei-Muara District: Part of Ong Sum Ping areas, part of Kampong Belimbing, part of Kampong Madewa/Bunut road, part of Jalan Beribi, Kampong Menglait near the bridge and Menglait Secondary School, flyover heading to the government department complex at Airport Lama, areas near Lambak Kiri fuel station, Jalan Pandam Kampong Lumapas, Jalan Kecil Pawas Kampong Lumapas and Jalan Kampong Junjungan, areas from Ban 1 to Ban 5, Jalan Paya Merah Sengkurong, Jalan Agau Kampong Parit, Kampong Batong, and Kampong Kulapis.

Tutong District: Jalan Penapar at Kampong Penapar, Jalan Lubok Pulau at Kampong Lubok Pulau, Jalan Tanjong Maya at Kampong Tanjong Maya, Jalan Keriam at Kampong Keriam, Jalan Sinaut at Kampong Sinaut, Kampong Sengkarai, Jalan Keranching at Kampong Benutan, Jalan Benutan at Kampong Benutan, Jalan Kuala Ungar at Kampong Rambai, Jalan Bangkuru at Kampong Benutan, Jalan Layong at Kampong Layong, and Jalan Batang Mitus at Kampong Batang Mitus.

Belait District: Plaza Seria entrance area, Jalan Sultan Omar Ali, Jalan Tengah Lorong 6 to Lorong 7, Jalan Tengah to Panaga Primary School in Seria, Lorong 3 of Selatan Seria, the entrance of Jalan Setia Pahlawan, Jalan Setia Diraja, Jalan Tengah Pandan 1, Jalan Singa Menteri, Jalan Tengah Sungai Pandan, Jalan Kerma Negara, Jalan Puteri Brunei, Simpang 1366 Merangking Hilir, Jalan Laid Lakang, Kampong Sukang, Jalan Kandul, Pengkalan Sungai Mau, Kampong Sungai Lalit, Kampong Sungai Bakong, Kampong Sungai Tali, and the road to Bukit Puan Police Station.

Temburong District: Kampong Senukoh, Kampong Batu Apoi to Kampong Selilit, Kampong Sungai Radang, Kampong Lemaling and part of the road to Kampong Selapon, part of Kampong Sungai, part of Tanit, part of Pekan Bangar, Kampong Ujong Jalan and part of Kampong Puni, Kampong Buda-Buda, Kampong Belais, Kampong Paya Begangan, Kampong Bokok, Kampong Meniup, Kampong Bekarut, and Kampong Selangan.

Members of the public are advised to download the mobile application on safety guide for their basic emergency and public safety as provided by the National Disaster Management Centre. In case of emergency, call 995 for Fire and Rescue Department or 123 for Darussalam line.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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