15 Squatters Lose Home In Miri Fire; Floods Hit Marudi, Kemena River Swells

For illustration only.
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MIRI – Fifteen people at a squatter colony in Kampung Pasir, Jalan Lutong here lost their homes in a fire at 10.30pm Sunday night.

Miri Fire and Rescue chief Law Poh Kong said the blaze destroyed five wooden houses but no casualties had been reported.

“There were occupants in three of the houses while two were empty,” he said here Monday.

He said 12 personnel in one fire truck from Lopeng Fire and Rescue Station arrived at the location at 10.50pm and managed to put out the blaze by 11.41pm.

Meanwhile, the Marudi Civic Centre was reopened as a flood evacuation centre Sunday night.

Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee Secretariat chief, Civil Defence Force Major Ismail Mahedin said 11 residents comprising six families from Rumah Panjang Lansam, Sungai Dabai in Marudi District were currently staying at the centre.

“The Social Welfare Department in Miri has prepared camps, mattresses and food for the victims. Marudi police are monitoring the situation and their annual leave has also been frozen,” he said when contacted Monday.

He said the water level in Sungai Kemena in Bintulu had exceeded the danger level of 9.00 metres with a reading of 10.90m.