Thursday, January 5, 2012

Two missing in Kuching floods

A car is caught in flood waters near the former government quarters area in Batu Lintang. Flooding after 12 hours of continuous rain brought many parts of Kuching in Sarawak to a standstill on Thursday. Photo by Andrew Voon.

KUCHING: Continuous downpour over the last 12 hours coupled with the king tide phenomena has led to heavy flooding in various parts of the city here, and leaving two people missing.
The affected areas include Batu Kawah, Batu Lintang, Sungai Maong, Iris Garden and Satok. Many roads are impassable to small vehicles.
At the flyover from the Kuching international airport, motorists reported that all four lanes heading towards the city are jammed.
In Batu Lintang, two persons reported missing due to the floods have been identified as Form Six student Kho Yong Qi and petrol station cashier Herman Sihas, 29.
It is learnt that Kho fell into a drain in front of the petrol station after she left her mother's car which had stalled.
Herman and a Fire and Rescue Department staff, Talib Awi, who happened to be at the station, saw the girl struggling in the water and went to help.
Talib had grabbed her by the hair while Herman leapt into the drain.
Talib held on for about three minutes until a strong current dragged the girl and Herman away.
A large scale search and rescue operation is now being carried out.
A state flood operations room spokesman said they have also received reports of floods in the residential areas of Dewa Wira and Stapok.
"Several residents have moved out of their homes," he added. - theStarOnline

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