KUCHING: Areas in Kabong, Betong are slowly recovering from acute water shortage that hit recently, says Minister of Welfare, Community Well Being, Women, Family and Childhood Development Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah.
According to her, only 120 households experienced water shortage as at Saturday night.
It is known that the water problems in Kabong and Roban began on May 9 when a 500mm main pipe burst during road construction and repair works on the Pan Borneo Highway development.
Fatimah said the Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB) confirmed that the burst occurred on May 9, with repair works being conducted on May 10.
For the record, May 9 was polling day for the 14th general election (GE14).
Based on the feedback from JBALB’s ground staff, there was damage on a 500mm pipe, resulting in a total shutdown of water supply for Kabong and Roban areas, which have a combined population of about 20,000 people.
In this regard, the department had said that full recovery might take time.
“For now, most areas have recovered. We estimate that currently, about 120 households are still affected and water tankers are being deployed every day,” JBALB said in a press statement.
One of the vocal members of the public who highlighted about the matter was Dato Wan Abdillah Edruce of Pemuda Islam Sarawak.
On a Facebook post, he called upon the state government to direct the relevant agencies to distribute water to Kabong.
“If possible, collect at least 100 boxes of drinking or mineral water. With God’s help, I can help send these boxes to Kabong. The timing of this water cut-off is also not right when people are fasting during this month of Ramadan,” he said, advising those wishing to be volunteers in distributing water, to get in touch with him.
In this regard, Wan Abdillah said the volunteers could inbox him via Facebook. He also encouraged the netizens to share his post.
Additionally, Wan Abdillah also called upon members of Saribas Malay Development Association to help out, and also upon the working committee of the mosque in Kabong to ‘pray and seek God’s intervention in providing rain during this month of Ramadan’.
Source: Borneo Post