Longhouse family spends night in longboat to escape from rising flood water
Tarikh : 08 Sep 2020  Sumber Berita: The Borneo Post Online

The innovative family taking shelter and sleeping in their longboat anchored at the inundated corridor of their longhouse.

KAPIT: Fearing for their safety, a family from Rumah Kulleh, Sungai Embuau, Song resorted to spending a night in their longboat when their longhouse was inundated by rising flood water on Sunday evening.

The heavy rain and rising water from Rajang River had caused Sungai Embuau, a small river, to overflow its banks.

Other longhouse folks were forced to move to higher ground to spend the night and stay safe from the flood.

Being innovative, the family decided to pull their longboat into the common veranda of the longhouse to put all their important belongings and to spend the night.

The community leader of the area, Penghulu Lebun, could not be reached through the handphone but it is understood he was on the way to the longhouse to meet the dwellers affected by the flood.

During its height, the rising flood water also inundated other low-lying areas in Song, including a settlement at Kampung Sejiran, Jalan Kebiew, Song Express Terminal and children playground at the ongoing Song Waterfront landscaping project.

The water rose rapidly and only receded around midnight on Sunday. Yesterday morning, the Song Express Terminal was no longer flooded.

Personnel from the Song Fire and Rescue (Bomba) station were mobilised to Kampung Sejiran, Jalan Kebiew to help those affected by the flood to move their valuables and other belongings to higher ground.

When contacted, Penghulu Lim Eng Hock said the highest water level was recorded on Sunday evening.

“Around midnight, the rising water overflowed to the Song Express Terminal, children playground and some parts of Kampung Sejiran, Jalan Kebiew and SK Nanga Temalat,” he said, adding it came and went very fast.

By yesterday morning, all affected areas had returned to normal, he said.