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Flash floods cause havoc in Brunei-Muara, Tutong (2019)



Cars trapped in a flooded roadway. – PHOTOS: AZIZ IDRIS



BY Rokiah Mahmud, Aziz Idris & Azlan Othman

HEAVY rain and strong winds struck the Sultanate on Sunday, causing flash floods in low-lying areas and damaging properties amidst preparations for the Hari Raya festival.

Motorists doing their last-minute holiday shopping in the Brunei-Muara District were caught off guard by flooded roadways and uprooted trees, which caused traffic problems.

On Monday, photos went viral on social media showing people attempting to salvage their newly bought carpets and furniture from knee-high water and mud.

Sengkurong resident Pengiran Haji Bakar bin Pengiran Haji Mohd Salleh told the Bulletin, “The waters began rising at around 9pm, creeping under the doors and flooding the living-room, dining-room, kitchen, bedroom, store and bathrooms.”

Hamidah of Kampong Jangsak said, “Some of our furniture is badly damaged. We have to do the house-cleaning all over again, and hopefully we can make it just before Hari Raya.”



Photos show a flooded house (above), and a flooded roadway at the T-junction linking Kota Batu and Muara (below). –
PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN & AZIZ IDRIS




Photos above and below show part of houses submerged during the flood

Meanwhile a statement from the Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) said that it had received 16 distress calls regarding the flash floods, including a landslide at Simpang 1769 in Kampong Tanjong Nangka.

Among the calls received were about two cars being trapped in fast-flowing waters at Jalan Jangsak, and one near the Rimba Secondary School.

The FRD was also mobilised to clear fallen trees from road sections at Kampong Kiarong, Kampong Kianggeh, Kampong Rimba, Kampong Selayun and Kampong Bukit Panggal in the Tutong District.

In Kampong Orang Kaya Besar Imas, a house roof was blown away by strong winds, while several damaged properties in Mentiri and Rimba required canvassing to reduce the damage from the stormy weather.

Floating and ejector pumps were also deployed to clear flood water away from affected areas in Kampong Beribi, Kampong Selayun, Kampong Katok and Kampong Tungku.

The Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department has issued a weather alert on its social media pages, warning of more stormy weather in the coming days, with wind speed of up to 45km/h and risks of flash floods in low-lying areas.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin


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