Thursday, February 5

A State of Emergency

Just a few hours ago, my principal declared a state of emergency.
All classes & school activities will be put on hold until further notice.
All students are to be gathered into the main hall for prayer.
Teachers will take turns in groups to have 24 hour surveillance over the school.

What are we watching for?
A Flood.

It has been raining for days & days at no end.
In fact, it has been raining for days & days all over Sarawak.
Water is flowing in from the deep interiors causing the Katibas river to overflow.
Our school is built on high ground. But the waters are lapping our feet now.
Usually it's a 2 storey descent to the jetty.
Now it is right at our doorsteps.

There were still boats in the river only 8 hours ago.
Now it is too dangerous to travel.
The only way in & out of school is by boat.
We are stranded.

The water pump is already submerged.
We have no more water supply lest the ones we have in the soon-to-be-depleted water tanks.
The electricity generators are close to being submerged as well.
If the water rises any further, it will mean darkness for all of us.
And for me, no internet. No cellphone coverage neither.

It is the end of the week so we are also running out of food.
There is no way for us to go out & get more food.
Meals will be provided in the main hall from now onwards but the main hall is close to submersion as well.
What will we eat if the water continues to rise?

We have started distributing life jackets to the students.
We have also started moving equipment & books to higher ground.
If things get any worse, we will continue to move higher.
Thank God, the teachers' apartments are built on top of a hill.
There are many locals amongst the staff & they are familiar with such situations.
Whatever happens, we will survive.

I may be out of contact for a while.
Do pray for me & for the school.
Let there be no casualties.
God bless.

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