The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) has said that floodwater levels in Belait and Tutong are receding after several days of heavy rain, with authorities continuing to monitor the situation closely.

The Minister of Home Affairs YB Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awang Abu Bakar Hj Apong led a working visit to flood-affected areas in the two districts on Saturday morning to assess the damage caused and the preparedness of relevant government agencies to assist people in the area.

Minister of Home Affairs YB Pehin Dato Hj Awang Abu Bakar (C) leads a delegation to Kg Benutan, Tutong, which has been hit by flooding. Photo: Courtesy of MoHA

In Tutong, several roads in remote areas of the district, including Jalan Bangkuru, Jalan Rambai, Jalan Kuala Ungar-Rambai and Jalan Kecil Layong, were inundated by floodwater on Friday, blocking access to homes.

Some residents had to be transported out of their homes via truck to the Second Battalion of the Royal Brunei Land Forces, MoHA said in a statement issued earlier today.

Authorities have reported that the water level in these areas have since receded, and the roads are now accessible to all vehicles. Other flood-affected areas in Tutong include Kampung Benutan and Kampung Penapar.

In Belait, the flood-affected areas include Kampung Sungai Mau, Jalan Laid Lakang and Jalan Kandul, Kampung Bukit Sawat and Simpang 1366 of Jalan Merangking Hilir, Kampung Merangking.

The Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department continues to warn of monsoon showers and thunderstorms for the next week, cautioning people to be prepared for flash flooding in low-lying areas.

Last month heavy showers from Tropical Storm Kai-Tak wreaked havoc in Brunei, bringing widespread flooding, prompting the evacuation of close to 100 people in Temburong.