Sabah west coast hit by floods again

Sabah west coast hit by floods again

KOTA KINABALU - Rescuers have been busy responding to distress calls as an overnight storm brought back floods to low-lying areas here on Thursday.

Waters in Kg Kibabaig and Kasigui in Penampang Proper caused residents who were just recovering from Tuesday's flood to once again prepare to be evacuated if the situation worsens.

In Kampung Kegeyungan in Tuaran, some 40km from the state capital, a family of 14 were evacuated and sent to their relatives' house in nearby Taman Sri Rugading apartments. While in Kg Gudon, in Jalan Sulaman, a landslide caused damage to a house.

State Fire and Rescue Department officials also received reports of a landslide at SK Tudan Kiulu in Tuaran early Friday morning, but no casualties were reported.

Many sections of roads, including Jalan Tuaran and Jalan Sulaman Highway, were cut off due to the high water levels while classes in some schools were disrupted.

Power was disrupted in some areas for more than 12 hours after falling trees knocked severed electricity cables.

Fresh heavy rains accompanied by strong winds began around 9pm, Thursday forcing some flights into Kota Kinabalu to be diverted.

The weather condition improved slightly at about 8am, Friday, though meteorologists anticipate more rain later in the day.

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