KOTA KINABALU - Firemen rescued a housewife and four children who were trapped for three hours inside their house following floods at Kg Gudon, about 20km from here.
Arniza Abdul Hakim, 28, who was with her two-year-old daughter and three other children inside their wooden house on stilts, said she began to panic when the water level rose after Thursday's rain, which started at 3.30pm.
"The water rose so fast and it soon became impossible for us leave the house," she said.
"By 6pm, it started to enter the kitchen before coming into the living hall," said Arniza, adding that she decided it was time to call the Fire and Rescue Services Department.
Firemen used ropes and stretchers to rescue Arniza and the children, along with two other women and nine children in neighbouring Kg Tebobon at about 9.30pm.
The rescued were among 500 villagers from Kg Gudon and Kg Tebobon who spent the night at the Kg Gudon community centre before returning to their homes yesterday morning after the flood receded.
A villager, Abd Latif Pamussu, 26, said their village was constantly under threat from floods.
"Many of us suffered damage to our household goods," he added.
Continuous rain also triggered a landslip at Km9 of the Ranau-Kundasang Road at about 9.20pm on Thursday. The road was cleared by the Public Works Department late yesterday.
Meanwhile, firemen are searching for a man and a 10-year-old boy who went fishing in waters off Kota Belud, about 70km from here.
They were reported missing after their small boat was believed to have capsized in strong waves and wind early yesterday.