Thursday, January 5, 2012

Kuching Flash Flood

from my husband's BB, behind Sarawak General Hospital, Jalan Tun Openg Kuching

Heavy down pour since last night has caused massive jam in Kuching this morning. I left the house at 6:15am but was already caught in horrible bumper to bumper within 10 minutes. When we were finally reaching Arman's school at 7am, water level had risen up about over 1 foot (or 2!) high (my rough calculation) and only few cars managed to pass through the floody area (below). After what seemed like forever being stuck behind unmoving cars, from afar I could see my son's school guard standing next to the Sugar Bun building with his umbrella signalling to queued cars  not to  enter the lane heading to SK St Joseph.

-oh man- How to even u-turn with that kind of jam.

"Ok.. we're driving Arman back home..." sayang said. 

And thank god for facebook, friends and I kept updating one another on which road was already flooded and which route not to take. From the updates I'm reading now, it's like the whole Kuching has been hit by flash flood. 

This rain and flood reminds me of the horrible flood that drowned some areas in Kuching in 2003/2004. 

SK St Joseph is closed today.

From a friend's FB update~ A friend stuck at Rock Road said that a form 6 girl from batu lintang school fell into the drain and swept away. Praying for her safety. Please be extra careful if you're outdoors. (hope this is not true...)


*** Latest update 10am - Unfortunately, the above news is true as updated by my friends moments ago. 2 persons, the girl (student) and the person who tried to save her. 


Still, I hope not true... we wait for official news.


Latest news on Borneo Post online - 2 missing

Be carefull all!

Next to Sugar Bun building at SK St Joseph Kuching at 7am today

Shell station at Rock Road Kuching, 7:15am

Jalan Sultan Tengah in front of MRSM, Petra Jaya Kuching

Timberland Medical Centre Kuching

Jalan Keretapi Kuching


View from Wisma Naim 2 1/2 mile Kuching

2 1/2 mile Kuching

Batu Lintang Kuching

MJC Kuching


27 comments:

miss Fida said...

kmk k tol pagi tek..salu nya mek pake batu lintang..erm, kmk dgr dr kwn kerja mek tek nang ada budak jatuh lam parit..semoga semua selamat..

Pazuzu said...

wow.. this is bad..

Lyn Zamhari said...

yarabii! terok na Kuching tok? :(
let's hope for the rain to subside...
and pray for the two's safety.
:(

Lyn Zamhari said...

yarabii! terok na Kuching tok? :(
let's hope for the rain to subside...
and pray for the two's safety.
:(

Anonymous said...

nang terok...seriously..hopefully x banjir gk..

Hannah Banana said...

I was on the way to school but had to turn back cause of the flood:/ went back home and slept a while, and when I woke up I had no idea what was going on.. But thank you very much for updating your blog on this:) Scary weather!

Tia said...

wow... ida boleh jadi reporter..really flash report...hahahah

auk .. i heard the story from my son too, schooling in that SMK Batu Lintang. Sekolah tutup today. Kesiannya!!!

Azarina Sadi @azza said...

adoh2..camne ndak berita sidak...

Azarina Sadi @azza said...

harap2 semua ok..

Buzz said...

teruk rupa banjir kat batu lintang..bait2..=(

Chicasz said...

Just hope everything's okay..really wanna go back to my hometown now..take care sarawakians..:(

Anonymous said...

sad to hear that both of them died during the flood.. :( may god/allah bless them...amin/amen..

Anonymous said...

why kuching can get flood. what happen to so good drainage ?

:: nia rashid :: said...

hi sis!
guess wat? i just got to know Kuching flooded when i arrived at d airport tis morning. am on holiday here for d weekend. experienced the bad traffic due to d weather on d way to d hotel...*sigh* hope it will be sunny tomorrow..mau jalan2 di Kuching! uwaaa! :(

mr_abs said...

kesian na diat gambar2 tok eh :S

Yusz said...

such terrible disaster .for the victims, hope god bless you all.
i think this is second time Kuching got severe flash flood.Ungodly day.

Ida BorneoLove said...

Miss Fida, Azarina, Anonym, ya.. sad to know the duo went missing. My heart goes out to the mourning families :(

Pazuzu, Lyn, Anonym, Buzz, I was surprised juak with the horrible flood. Been awhile since Kuching last experienced this kind of flood

Hannah & Tia, thank you and you're most welcome. This is a great platform to warn others, agree?

Chicasz, that would be a sweet gesture.. sokay, just pray

Anonym, maybe because of certain development that doesn't provide good drainage... Maybe..

Nia, hope you're enjoying your early weekend dear. Sad.. indeed yesterday was a sad day

mr_abs & Yusz, tragic & overwhelming. The government should act on this.

Thank you all for being here, have a good weekend. Cheers! :)

Elih Japahar said...

Inilah kali pertama banjir kilat yg besar...sebelum ni tak mcm ni kan? mungkin ada masalah dgn perparitan disana..

vivienateng said...

Elih Japahar:- u forgot. there was a big flood back in 1963. my mum told me, she had to go to go around town using a boat. the whole of kuching was flooded.

vivienateng said...

as of Sat, 7th Jan 2012, we watch the news on NTV7 that the Hero's body found at Sg maong/Stapok area. I passed there this afternoon on my way home. the Fire & Rescue Department was sailing along the river as at 3.00 pm.

as at 6.30 pm today, fire & rescue department camped out under the new suspension bridge next to the open air food court across from the new kubah ria. Great job men & women for not giving up just yet.

I was hoping both of them were alive.

Fina said...

hadoh hadoh hadoh!

apa dah jadi dgn kuching tok? when my other half told me about the flood, I thought it was biasa2 jak.. duhal tek teruk.

Ida BorneoLove said...

Elih, I heard some worse stories about the flood that happened in Sarawak decades ago..

Viviena, tq for the short story. Mostly we only get to hear from our elderlies, maybe if they have photos would be better.. Just to add in the history archive.

Fina, I was shocked as well. Biasalah, really thought it was just one of those heavy downpour but, ended with tragedy.. Sad, coz it happened when school just started 2 days!

vivienateng said...

Ida:- my dear, those days in 1963. nobody carry around a camera everywhere. too bulky!

As for the missing girl. if you drove pass the sungai maong bridge near the chinese school. very sad scene. family members, volunteers and onlookers still waiting for her come rain or shine.

Ida BorneoLove said...

Hi Viv, I passed by the area few days ago.. I saw them. Kesian, I can't start to imagine how they feel. For sure they even hope she'd come out alive :(

vivienateng said...

Ida,

since she didn't surfaced after 3 days, i was hoping she was alive and lost her memory and made it to shore. i could only hope.

Ida BorneoLove said...

It's too long already... one week :(

vivienateng said...

i was at the Hero's workplace on Saturday. His colleagues were overwhelmed by kind gestures of strangers towards their late colleague and the stranger he tried to save. flowers are growing and so is an iron fence.

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