Sarawak is water-rich; there is no doubt about it. – Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, CM of Sarawak. However, yesterday’s excessive water was uncalled for! True enough!! It filled up our homes yesterday evening.
It was a contrast to Borneo Post front page article.. Now’s its Keep Miri Flood-free TOO!
Piasau Jaya’s worst flash flood
Yesterday’s rain gave Miri its worst flash flood in 25 years. My parent’s home was under 2 feet (front and back yard) of water. The bedrooms and living room is under one foot of water.
An immediate response from YB Andy Chia posted at my Facebook at 22:46pm on 12 April 2009.
Yes, I visited a few houses at Piasau Jaya to assess the situation around 7 pm…one resident said that he had not seen flash flood like that since moving into Piasau Jaya about 25 yrs ago. Weather man said that more than 50 mm of rainfall between 5pm and 7 pm [ 2 hours] in Miri today. A typical monthly rainfall for April is around 200mm. So you can imagine how heavy the rain was. Nevertheless, the relevant agencies will study to see what went wrong. We really feel sorry for houses affected.
YB Andy, ya.. we were among the first families to move to Piasau Jaya 25 years ago. And, indeed, last night flash flood was the worst.
1. The ex-mayor once asked us to build bund or dike on our doors to stop flash flood water from entering our homes! What a ridiculous idea! We later suggested to the City Council that they need to dig our drains (since it has not been … cleared properly for ages – that was during that time, today, its being maintained at a regular interval).
2. We need more monsoon drain (or better termed as LARGER drain to provide efficient drainage system to more housing areas in Miri). The large drain along Miri-Pujut road (the road) is our alarm system. When the large drain is full, Piasau drains will be filled up. When it overflowed to the grass, Piasau back yard will be flooded. And when it overflow to the road, some homes will be filled up with flash flood. When it overflowed to more than 30% of the road, Piasau homes will experience the worst flash flood in its history.
I won’t be surprised if Permy Jaya is experiencing flash flood since that area is just less than a meter above sea level.
The only consolation for yesterday’s flash flood – it is less muddy.
A wet welcome for new Miri Resident
It is certainly a wet farewell for Datu Ose Murang who will be transferred to Kuching and a wet welcome for Miri’s new Resident – Dr. Ngenang Janggu.
Personally, I must congratulate Datu Ose for being the best Resident that Miri ever had. This man is so people-oriented and is approachable. He have performed well in many areas especially during disaster time. Heck.. he does read his email LOL..
For the new Resident, we look forward to communicate with you via email (please send us a Read notification!) and please do something about Resident Office website! It has been under construction for ages! Gheeeeeeeee.. and talking about government blogs, facebook, YouTube, etc.. alamak! Datuk Seri Najib is far far far far ahead of you guys!