Saturday, August 28, 2010

Great Flood in Tawau

I woke up in the morning today and get prepared to go to school. It was raining outside. My bedroom window were wet with raindrops -- it only gets wet when it rains heavily. I remember that there was loud noise outside at three o'clock at dawn that woke me up. It was noises from Muslim drummers and singers outside, they were marching around the neighbourhood to wake up the Muslims to get ready to fast for another day. At that time, it was not raining yet.

I carried along an umbrella with me to the bus stop because it was raining heavily. The air was humid and everything around he are wet, including the bus stop seat. My ride came and I'm on my way to school when the first sign of flood appeared. The oil palm tree plantation outside my housing estate area were flooded with muddy water. This convinced me that the rain was heavy. But afterwards I saw a bus stop which half of it was covered in water, this makes me realized that rain was really very heavy.

On my way to school, I passed by many housing estate and shops in Sin On Road are flooded with about 50cm of water. The drains are more than full. The reason is clear about Why didn't the drain worked properly  in flowing rain water away. There is a huge pile of rubbished and natural matters floating on the main drain in Sin On - This is the reason, littering and dumping wastes into the drain causes drain blockage and so the waters can't flow away easily and thus flooded the area. If the people do not want any more minor floods like this next time, they should stop throwing wastes into drains or simply anywhere.

All buildings in Sin On on my way to school suffered from flash floods (especially Taman Fook On), except a few lucky ones like Calvary City Church (probably God help the church for being faithful) and a night restaurant there. Even my school was a victim. The grass land in the middle of my school and school car parks are covered in centimeters of "chocolate drink"-(you know what I mean). Several students are late to school because their house are flooded. The school principals know about this issue and delayed the examinations for 30 minutes. While we students are having exams, the school workers outside were having fun cleaning up the school.

On my way back from school, I saw a tumbled big tree in a park in Sin On, this is caused by powerful winds that came with the heavy shower this morning. The worst flood happened in Tawau is definitely no match  with what happened today-(I think). This is the worst flood I had ever seen in my 12 years in Tawau. Luckily the place where I live is located on a high place where it won't flood easily here cause the rainwaters will flow down to the oil palm plantation below.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused, because there aren't any photographs to show to you all.

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