Sarawak flood waters receding

Sarawak flood waters receding
Univista Garden in Kuching was one of the worst affected areas hit by the flash floods.

KUCHING - The flood situation in Sarawak has improved slightly, with waters receding in the southern region, enabling some 2,000 evacuees to return home on Wednesday morning.

The number of people seeking shelter at relief centres this morning has dropped to 8,198 statewide, according to the National Security Council. Last night, there were more than 10,500 evacuees registered.

In Kuching, by noon time, there were just 4,817 evacuees, compared to over 7,300 yesterday at 8pm.

However, the situation remains largely unchanged in nearby Samarahan, while in the north at Limbang, there has been a slight increase in evacuees to 1,224.

A total of 32 schools remain closed in the state, which is still under a "orange stage" heavy rain warning that will in effect until tomorrow.

The Drainage and Irrigation Department is reporting that no rivers in Sarawak have breached the danger or warning level.

Meanwhile, in a short statement from the State Disaster Relief Committee, it announced that it was "taking seriously" the actions of rumour-mongers spreading misinformation on the flood situation in Sarawak.

"The rumours can cause panic among Sarawakians. If there is a breach of existing rules and regulations, action can be taken against them," it said.

When the floods first hit Sarawak on Sunday, misleading photos of past incidents (many from the 2009 floods) were widely circulated on social media and text messaging.

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