LABUAN – Floodwaters have inundated several villages in this duty-free-island following heavy rain since 10pm Friday.
The villages hit are Kampung Rancha-Rancha Darat, Kg Gersik Baru, Kg Gersik Saguking, Kg Ganggarak, Kg Sg Keling and Batu Manikar.
Also affected are Labuan Sea Sport International Complex and Taman Perumahan Mutiara.
Overflow from the drains entered several premises, while the ground floor of shophouses were also swamped with floodwater.
Mohd Rasid Jaluddin, a Rancha-Rancha Darat villager, told Bernama he was away in Sabah when his house and car were affected by flooding.
“It was fortunate, as my children were not in the house when the flood waters entered the house. My children were staying at their grandmother’s house. I hope there will be assistance to us,” he said.
Rasid said the flood issue in the village had been dragged on for more than five years, hoping the authorities to take action to resolve the problem.
Jackzan Ahmad, Kg Gersik villager who had been living in the low-lying area said his houe was inundated since 12am Saturday.
“I have informed the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) to assist in resolving the drainage problem but to no avail. We have been facing hardship due to the flash flood every year,” he said.
Another villager at Kg Gerisk Saguking said they had requested the DID to help on the clogged and unmaintained drains in their area but these havedfllen on deaf ears.
“Most of the drains here are not maintained resulted many houses were inundated. We strongly hope and appeal to the DID to look into this matter seriously,” they said.
Most of the villagers living in the flood-prone areas have been waiting for the assistance from DID but they claimed there was no practical step has been taken so far.
Labuan Member of Parliament, Datuk Rozman Isli, accompanied by Labuan Corporation deputy chief executive officer (Development) Mohd Zamri Mohd Esa visited affected villages to see themselves the situation and for assistance to be channeled.
Labuan Fire and Rescue Department director Zainal Madasin reminded villagers to take precautionary measures as low-lying areas were at risk if the rain persisted.
He also reminded villagers to take precautionary measure as the rain may cause flooding in low-lying areas.