Malaysian minister: Brace for major monsoon rain

Malaysian minister: Brace for major monsoon rain
Flash floods at Sipitang.

KOTA KINABALU - A major monsoon rain is expected to hit several parts of the country from Wednesday with a senior minister advising those living in flood prone areas to be on the alert.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Ewon Ebin is also advising against any recreational activities at sea for now with winds currently gusting up to 60kph and waves as high as 4.5m.

He said the affected areas include the coastal areas of Pahang, east Johor, Sarawak, Labuan and Sabah.

Meanwhile, clear skies over most of Sabah yesterday enabled flood waters to recede in most areas with only 368 villagers remaining at evacuation centres in the northern Kudat district.

Sabah Fire and Rescue Services Department spokesman Affendy Ramin said the evacuees were from Kampung Korina, Naradang Darat and Andap Jawa.

He said most of the evacuees were housed at the SK Sikuati while the 810 villagers in Kota Belud district who took shelter at the community centre were allowed to return home.

A flash flood hit the southwestern Sipitang district after the Sungai Menggalong burst its banks early yesterday.

Incessant heavy rains in the area since Friday caused water to overflow from the river banks since 4am, Sipitang police chief Deputy Supt Mustafa Osma said.

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