Sabah braces for mudslides and flooding after the quake

Sabah braces for mudslides and flooding after the quake
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RANAU - Sabah, although still reeling from the June 5 Mount Kinabalu earthquake, has to quickly regroup and find solutions in resettling the people in the foothills.

The aftermath of the earthquake that killed 18 tourists and climbers on the mountain is now seeing serious dangers of mudslides, landslips and flooding as heavy rains conti­nue to hit the mountainous area for the past one week.

Disaster management officials are moving quickly to evacuate people living in identified danger zones.

Villagers in Kg Mesilau, in the eastern face of Mount Kinabalu in Kundasang, and Kg Kiau which encompasses three villages in the western face of the mountain, are among the areas that have been identified as high risk areas.

"They are in danger of mudslides and rocks falling from the mountain.

"The mountain is young," said Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan yesterday.

"There is a lot of movement and we have our people living around it.

"We hope scientists and geologists can study it as with population growing and tourism also, we need to develop our infrastructure in a safe way," he said.

"Some kind of early warning systems will also help."

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