Brunei residents face a month of floods

Brunei residents face a month of floods

BRUNEI - The few remaining residents of Kg Bukit Sawat in the interior areas of Belait District have had to navigate the small village's main gravel road by boat since their village was flooded for about a month.

Incessant monsoon rain had caused the nearby Sungai Mau to overflow its banks and inundate the road by as deep as two metres, making it inaccessible to even four-wheel-drive vehicles.

"The floods are deep enough that we can use our boats to reach the steps of our house," said army retiree Mohd Sufian Abdullah.

When The Brunei Times visited the village yesterday morning, the road known to residents as Jalan Kandol was still inundated but the water was believed to be receding.

However, as more rain and thunderstorms were forecasted for Brunei, the Kg Bukit Sawat residents anticipated the flooding would continue.

He also shared that there were a couple of houses in the village that were devoid of electricity for the past four to five days.

"We have reported it (to authorities) many times, but nobody came. It's sad because mostly elderly people live here," Mohd Sufian said.

The flooding of the road and surrounding areas was a yearly occurrence, with the worst incident taking place in 2009, said Mohd Sufian's 26-year-old son, Mohd Sufhidin.

The floods lasted for three months and were even deeper, with the residents then told to move to Kg Sg Mau, but Mohd Sufhidin said they rejected the proposal because that village was too far away.

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