Two die in Brunei floods, power interrupted

Two women died in Brunei in the worst floods to hit the Southeast Asian country in nearly 40 years.

Two die in Brunei floods, power interrupted

Two women died in Brunei in the worst floods to hit the Southeast Asian country in nearly 40 years, interrupting power supply and shutting some telephone lines, the police and weather department said.

Heavy rains started late on Tuesday in the oil-rich country's capital Bandar Seri Begawan, causing flash floods and landslides. The city's main power station was also affected.

The oil and gas facilities nearly 100 miles south of the capital were not affected, according to Brunei Shell Petroleum Co. officials.

"All our stations have been put on alert for any further developments and we are keeping a very close eye on the weather," said Brunei fire brigade chief Yahya Abdul Rahman.

Power supply is slowly being restored in the capital, the electricity department said.

Around 145.8 millimetres of rainfall was recorded during the 24-hour period from 8 a.m. Tuesday to 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to the weather department, which expects more rain in the coming days but not as heavy as on Tuesday.


Reuters

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