MIRI (October 4): Long Bemang villagers, Baram, call on the government to allocate funds for them to carry out repair work on their longhouse in addition to cash assistance for families after they have been affected today by their sixth flood this year.
Chief Usung Ding said they had so far received no cash assistance from the government except for food baskets.
“This is the sixth time this year that we have experienced flooding, the most severe having occurred in July.
“A lot of our belongings, including electrical appliances, furniture and doors, were damaged due to the flooding. While we appreciate the government’s food basket, we also need cash assistance to ease our burdens, ”he told the Borneo Post.
When asked, Usung said that one food basket contained a 5kg bag of rice, instant noodles, a kilogram of flour, a kilogram of cooking oil, a packet of cookies and four canned foods.
The village has 268 gates with a population of around 3,500 inhabitants but only 600 live permanently in the village.
Usung also called on the state and federal governments to find a long-term solution to their long-standing problem.
He recalled that the worst flooding in the village’s history was in 2017, when they experienced flooding 15 times in that year alone.
“When Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas (Chief Deputy Minister) visited us in 2017, I reported the problem to him. I suggested that SK Long Bemang School and Long Bemang Clinic be relocated to higher ground.
“He told me that the longhouse also had to be moved. In fact, we had also carried out a perimeter study covering 20 hectares just behind the current longhouse in case there was an allowance for the relocation of the longhouse, the clinic and the school, ”he said. -he declares.
Usung said they also sent a letter to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg through Telang Usan assembly member Dennis Ngau, highlighting the issue and the resettlement request.
However, they have not yet received any response.
Apart from Long Bemang, several other villages in the region of Apoh and Tinjar Baram have been inundated since Sunday.
Among the affected villagers are Long Sobeng, Long Tisam, Long Jegan and Long Teran.